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2023 Footcandle Film Festival

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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 600-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 2023 film lineup be announced?

The festival film selections and schedule have been announced! You are able to see the full festival schedule and buy tickets or festival passes. Please click this link to view this year’s festival schedule!

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: “Best Narrative Feature”, “Best Narrative Short”, “Best Documentary Feature”, “Best Documentary Short”, and “Best Youth International Short Film”, which all selected by a jury, and then the “Audience Favorite Narrative Feature”, “Audience Favorite Documentary Feature”, “Audience Favorite Narrative Short Film”, “Audience Favorite Documentary Short Film” and the “Audience Favorite Youth International Short Film” which are all voted on and selected by those in attendance.

When & where can I buy 2023 festival tickets?

The festival schedule and films have been announced, and ticket sales are online now! Please visit this link to purchase tickets or passes for this year’s festival!

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We need volunteers for the 2023 Footcandle Film Festival!

The Footcandle Film Festival is returning to Hickory, North Carolina on September 16th-24th, 2023, and we are looking for volunteers willing to come help out during the festival weekend!

We need volunteers to help with:
• Serving as ushers during the movies
• Helping sell and distribute tickets at the box office
• Assisting with concession sales
• and other ways to help!

Whether you have served as a volunteer in the past or wish to start this year, we would love to have you as a volunteer at this year’s festival.  We’ll give all volunteers a free festival t-shirt as well as an online ticket to see any film you might miss during your volunteer shift.

To volunteer, please contact Kent Kerley at ‭(828) 324-4982‬ or by email at

Kent will also be in attendance at the September 13th and 14th monthly Footcandle film screening at the Carolina Theatre; you can come to the screening and let him know you’d like to volunteer as well.

Thank you in advance!  Your help will make this year’s festival a roaring success!

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Dates & times

Friday, September 15, 2023
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Sunday, September 17, 2023


PE Monroe and Hickory Community Theater


775 6th St NE
Hickory, NC 28601