Rails to Reels is a celebration of film-making in the City of Meridian, Mississipi. Our goal is to bring 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
  • This was a great festival to be a part of. The organization went out of their way to make sure the filmmakers were appreciated and felt welcome. Great festival.

    November 2017
  • David Volino

    This festival was such a wonderful surprise! From Thomas and Elliot, down to every last volunteer, everyone was so helpful and willing to assist in any way possible. The venue itself is incredible! Being inside the historic Temple theater and watching your film on the big screen is a moment I will never forget. The community of Meridian is bustling with enthusiasm and energy. It's absolutely worth the submission fee! Hope to visit again!

    October 2017
  • Matthew McCoy

    This is a wonderful festival run by great people. Nothing like seeing good independent films play on the big screen in the historic Temple Theater. Hope to be back one day!

    August 2017
    Rrff 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Matthew! Thank You so much for the kind review! We loved having you on Meridian! Hope you can make it back this year! It means a lot to us and to our community! Appreciate you!

  • Charles Jett

    I love the venue - the historic Temple Theater is amazing. The staff was incredibly attentive. The green room was superb. The screening choices were incredible. Excellent festival!!!

    October 2016
  • Frank Ladner

    These guys really make you feel welcome! There are a few REALLY nice stand-out Mississippi festivals and this is definitely one of them. Our film was screened in a theater built in the 1920's, made new filmmaker friends (and strengthened relationships with existing friends), and enjoyed a steady supply of food and drink from the Rails to Reels staff. Don't expect this level of friendliness from most festivals. :)

    October 2016
    Rrff 2017
    Response from festival:

    Wow! Thank You Frank! You are the heart that keeps us going. Your kindness is motivation to us. We are going to keep striving to do our best for you and our fellow Fillmmakers. Much love to you and your crew. Hope to see you at this year's festival.