The 2020 Footcandle Film Festival Coming September 23rd to 27th


Feature-Length and Short Films

The 2019 Footcandle Film Festival will screen films during the course of the festival weekend.  There are 10 feature-length films and between 15-20 short films, all in a competitive field and eligible for awards determined by both judges and the audience.  Click this link to view last year’s schedule and festival selections.


Six awards will be presented at the end of the 2019 festival weekend:  Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Audience Favorite Feature and Audience Favorite Short.  The awards will be presented during the Closing Awards Dinner & Ceremony Sunday evening.

One Screening Location

All of the selected 2019 feature-length and short films will shown in the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block in Hickory, North Carolina between Friday and Sunday.  A selection of the Short Film selections will be shown during a special Opening Night event accompanied by a reception.

Scriptwriting Award Event, Thursday Sept. 26th

Scriptwriting Award Event, Thursday Sept. 26th

The Footcandle Film Festival, in partnership with The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University, held the first year of the Footcandle Scriptwriting Competition in 2019.  Script submissions were accepted earlier in the year, and a committee reviewed all applications and selected a winner for this year’s award.
The winner of this year’s competition will receive their award at a special event on Thursday, September 26th, at 7:00pm at the Belk Centrum on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.  The event will consist of the author discussing their work, a table reading of a portion of their script, and a Question-and-Answer session.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block

The Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block is a beautiful 400-seat facility with stage and screen capabilities.

243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 324-4906

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 & where can I buy 2019 festival tickets?

In mid-July 2019,  Footcandle Society Members will be receiving an email with ticket purchasing information.  General public ticket purchasing information will be made available on this site in early August 2019.

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” selected by a jury, and one (1) “Audience Favorite Feature” and one (1) “Audience Favorite Short” selected by those in attendance.

When will the 2019 film lineup be announced?

The film submission process closed on June 1st, 2019.  The films selected for the 2019 festival is scheduled to be announced by mid-July 2019.

Thank you to this year’s supporters!

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


John & Connie Bools


Lynn Carlton
Elizabeth and Cavelle Davolio
Michelle Elwanger
The Faltermayer Family
Sallie and Wallace Johnson
Kirby Kepford & Patricia Lee
Kent Kerley & Thom Hutchens
Cindy & Tom Lundy
Joy Mease
William Parrish


Harriet and John Bates
Mary & Rick Berry
Dana Biehler
Regina Bond & Sandra Barnes
Catawba Valley Insurance Agency
Linda & Sandy Guttler
Paul & Marie Martino
Annette McComb
Kit & Norman McDonald
Morganton Humanist Alliance
Janice Sakkal


Will & Kiran Harrill
Peg & Rich Hites
Laura Levinson
James Luehrs
Dale Menard
Laura & Paul Owens
Judith Tarlton


Troy & Kari Alley
Richard & Margie Dickey
Henrietta Ouzts
Martha Willis