Apply for a 2023 Footcandle Filmmaker Grant

The Footcandle Film Society, through the Filmmaker Grant Program, provides financial support to projects that help to further the use of film as a story-telling medium and have a majority of their production work take place in North Carolina.

The 2023 Footcandle Film Festival is open for submissions!

Submit your film for consideration for this year’s festival, taking place September 15th-24th, 2023. Feature-length or short films, narrative or documentary are all welcome.  Visit the festival’s FilmFreeway page for more information, guidelines, and the form for submission.

The Footcandle FilmLAB

48-Hour Filmmaking Competition

September 15th-17th 2023

Public Screening of Films & Cash Prize to Winner

The Film Lab is an event designed to challenge creative individuals to collaborate in competitive teams while racing against the clock to produce a one-of-a-kind short film.

Next Film Society Screening:


screening at the Carolina Theater
Wednesday, September 13th and Thursday, September 14th
at 7:00pm each night.

Milton (played by Ben Kingsley) lives a quiet life of routine in a small western Pennsylvania town, but finds his day upended when a UFO and it extra-terrestrial passenger crash land in his backyard.  Running time for this film is 1 hour, 27 minutes. 

The film screening is free to all Footcandle Film Society members; additional tickets will be sold at the box office for $5.00 each. We look forward to seeing everyone!  

Watch trailer for JULES

Poster for the film Jules

The 2023 Footcandle Oscar Party!

Come watch the Academy Awards ceremony with us on Sunday, March 12th at Main Cellar City Club!


The Footcandle Film Society and the City of Hickory are bringing outdoor movies to downtown every other Friday evening! This Friday, July 8th, we will be hosting a free outdoor screening of PADDINGTON starting at approx. 8:30pm. Come join us in Union Square near the Sails for this free family movie Friday night!

Listen to the Footcandle Films Podcast


Footcandle Film Society was founded in 2008 and has provided the citizens of Catawba County with an opportunity to view and discuss films that have traditionally not been available or shown in theaters in the area. The film society has shown at least one film per month since its inception, with the films ranging from documentaries, foreign narratives, and award-nominated movies of all genres. The screenings all include moderated discussions of the films. In addition to the monthly film screenings, the film society also brings the annual Footcandle Film Festival and Children's International Film Festival events to Western North Carolina.

Currently Playing in the Footcandle Online Cinema


DOCUMENTARY Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent,

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NARRATIVE  •  AUSTRALIA In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized

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