Rails to Reels is a celebration of film-making and all filmmakers from all around the world. Our goal is to bring all artists together that use the art of film to expresses themselves. We believe that Meridian needs your creativity to drive our creative economy. By utilizing local business to promote our festival we know that it will only make community relationships stronger with the arts. Submit your Film Today.

Hand Crafted Trophy Award

Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

To be eligible for consideration:
1. You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
2. Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

Overall Rating
  • John Thornton

    This was my first year screening at the Rails to Reels festival and it was truly an amazing experience. Thomas and his team were incredible hosts, and Meridian was wonderful place to connect with filmmakers from across the US. I will definitely be back!

    November 2021
  • Jeremy Limbaugh

    I had an amazing time at rails to reels!! I was treated like VIP and will definitely be entering in the festival again next year!

    October 2019
  • griffith williams

    This was an incredible experience. Everyone involved was incredibly friendly and showed us all so much hospitality. There was a wide variety of films, all shown in a beautiful historic theater. I was impressed by the professionalism expressed by the hardworking, small team of people making this festival possible.

    November 2018
  • Amazing venue and Thomas is the BEST in communicating before and during the festival. He truly cares about the filmmakers and it shows! Much appreciated!

    October 2018
  • Anita George

    I wish we'd been able to attend in person. Great communication, wonderful venue and a really neat welcoming spirit to and from the creative community on both sides of the festival. Bravo!

    October 2018