The 2022 Footcandle Film Festival, September 21st - 25th!
View this year's festival program
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Feature-Length and Short Films
The 2022 Footcandle Film Festival will screen films during the course of the festival weekend. There will be feature-length films and short films, all in a competitive field and eligible for awards determined by both judges and the audience.
In-Person & Online Screenings
The 2022 film festival is a combination in-person and online event. Attendees can choose to attend select screenings in person or watch the films online the day after their premieres.
Six awards will be presented at the end of the 2022 festival weekend: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Audience Favorite Feature and Audience Favorite Short. The awards will announced Sunday evening via a live event.
The Footcandle Film Festival, in partnership with The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University, will be holding the fourth year of the Footcandle Scriptwriting Competition in 2022. Film script submissions from filmmakers around the world were accepted earlier in the year, and a committee reviews all applications and selects winners for this year’s awards. The script submissions were for feature-length films, with all submissions being scripts for films that have yet to be produced at this time. The awards will be presented at a special event on Lenoir-Rhyne University’s campus with a talk from each of the winners about their experience and background in scriptwriting.
YOUTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Youth International Film Festival (YIFF), hosted by the Footcandle Film Society and the Greater Hickory International Council, is a special showcase event to help expose school-age children to short films from around the world. Films are submitted from around the world, with the best selections shown in a special in-person screening event during the course of the festival week. The emphasis this year is on films for children in 4th – 8th grades.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL?
The Footcandle Film Festival is designed to bring unique, challenging and entertaining films to Western North Carolina every September. The festival is being held by the founders and members of the Footcandle Film Society, a 650-member group dedicated to screening and discussing films on a monthly basis. The society was formed in late 2007 by Alan Jackson & Chris Frye. The inaugural film festival was held in September of 2015.
WHEN WILL THE 2022 FILM LINEUP BE ANNOUNCED?
The festival film selections and schedule have been announced. You can see this year’s schedule and learn more about each of the films that will be shown at this page. Come back this summer and see this year’s selections!
WHAT ARE THE AWARDS AND PRIZES?
Both feature-length and short films will be screened at this year’s festival. At the award ceremony that ends the festival weekend, the following awards will be announced: one (1) “Best Narrative Feature”, one (1) “Best Narrative Short”, one (1) “Best Documentary Feature”, one (1) “Best Documentary Short”, one (1) “Best Youth International Short Film”, all selected by a jury, one (1) “Audience Favorite Feature”, one (1) “Audience Favorite Short” and one (1) “Audience Favorite Youth International Short Film” selected by those in attendance.
This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the State of North Carolina from the National Endowment for the Arts.