2018 Footcandle Film Festival

2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Footcandle Film Festival!  The awards were announced at the Closing Ceremony and Dinner on Sunday, September 30th at 6:30pm.

Best Narrative Feature Film


Directed by Jaap van Heusden (Netherlands)

Best Documentary Feature Film


Directed by Anjali Nayar (Canada)

Best Narrative Short Film


Directed by Barnabás Tóth (Hungary)

Best Documentary Short Film


Directed by Taylor Stanton (United States)

Audience Favorite Feature Film


Directed by Gregg Jamback (United States)

Audience Favorite Short Film


Directed by Jeannie Donohoe (United States)

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2018 Footcandle Film Festival:  Complete List of Films

Adnan’s Father

(Narrative, Denmark, Subtitled)
A refugee doctor from Syria has just received a Danish residence permit and is about to embark on establishing a new life in rural Denmark together with his son.

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Alone in the Game

12:00pm Sunday, Sept. 30th
(Documentary, United States)
Homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination affect not only closeted athletes, but also their teams and the very institution of sport in America.

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American Animals

7:00pm, Saturday, Sept. 29th
(Narrative, United States / United Kingdom)
Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

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(Narrative, United States)
After suffering a devastating breakup, Ashton is living as a shut-in and plotting to win back his ex. His roommate has other plans.

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Fort Maria

1:00pm Friday, Sept. 28th
(Narrative, United States)
An immigrant and adoptive mother of a black daughter, Maria finds herself suddenly stricken with debilitating anxiety following a break-in at her home in Kentucky.

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(Narrative, United States)
A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and makes an impression while trying to keep a secret.

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I Am Bisha

(Documentary, United States, Subtitled)
A civil war in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and a government chokehold on media fuels the creation of a satirical puppet show to spread news of the conflict.

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In Blue

9:30pm Saturday, Sept. 29th
(Narrative, Netherlands, Subtitled)
A stewardess meets a fifteen year old boy who lives in the tunnels underneath the city and gets tangled up in a confusing relationship.

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(Narrative, United States)
Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past.

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(Narrative, Subtitled, Spain)
Las Vegas. A hotel’s room. Two women. For Mrs. Taylor, the secret is to turn to those who are never sure if they are aware of their own evil.

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No Sanctuary

(Documentary, United States)
Family members of victims of the historic church shooting in South Carolina discuss how their lives were unexpected and indefinitely changed forever.

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Poles Apart

(Narrative, Animated, United Kingdom)
In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve grizzly bear is her food or her friend.

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Saints Rest

2:30pm Saturday, Sept. 29th
(Narrative, United States)
A musical drama about two estranged sisters who form a connection through their shared love of music as they grieve the recent death of their mother.

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10:00am Friday, Sept. 28th
(Documentary, Canada, Subtitled)
Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader against illegal logging and corruption.

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3:00pm Friday, Sept. 28th
(Documentary, United States, Subtitled)
A refugee sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company.

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Strange Kid

(Documentary, United States)
The founder of a company that converts old film projectors into guitar amps describes what makes his craft so unique and the love that goes into each piece of work.

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The Maestro

(Documentary, United States)
Professional wrestler Rob Kellum prepares for and competes in a highly anticipated wrestling match, offering a unique look into his creative process.

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2018 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our 2018 Footcandle Film Festival sponsors!  Please click on the icon for the sponsors to visit their web site and learn more about their organization

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.