The film festival is now open to short film and feature film submissions

If you’ve been inspired by Venice Film Festival, which has been occupying the headlines this week, it might be time to think about submitting your own film to a film festival.

One such festival is the Berlin International Film Festival, which has just opened its call for submissions of both short and feature films for next year’s iteration.

Taking place from February 15 to 25 next year in Berlin, the Berlinale shows around 400 films in total in a variety of categories from Panorama, where renown directors show off their latest creations, to Berlinale Shorts, where shorts films from all over the world are selected. Attracting a reported 500,000 people each year, the festival sells almost 300,000 tickets making it one of the largest filmic events out there.

The deadline for submitting a feature length film is November 1 while short film submissions are open until November 15.

But a word of warning – before submitting your film to festivals you should consider things like the application costs and the eligibility of your work.

The Berlinale is no different than other major events as it costs to submit your film – the fees here are 150 euros (£137) for feature-length films and 60 euros (£55) for short films.

To apply and check out the terms of eligibility, look on the festival’s website.

It doesn’t accept submissions through third-party websites but if you’re planning to apply to a lot of industry favourites, there are some tools to help you.

Withoutabox and FilmFreeway allow you to upload your project once and submit it to multiple festivals.

With lots open to submissions right now from the Boston International Film Festival to the Vail Film Festival, it’s a great time to try and get some coverage for your film.

And, if you’re still in the stage of producing your film, check out some funds you can apply to right now.