The Central Europe Feature Project

a development programme in three stages

The Central Europe Feature Project (CEFP)

The Central Europe Feature Project (CEFP) is a joint initiative between the DFFB Berlin, FAMU Prague and Łódź film schools. It is an intensive feature film development workshop, taking writer-director-producer teams through the detailed stages of story and script development, and also bringing participants from different schools and countries together to incubate new teams and new projects.

CEFP is a highly distinctive development workshop in these ways:

  • It selects teams rather than projects—a participant team might completely change project at an early stage.
  • CEFP doesn’t develop projects without producers—it sees producers as curatorial leaders of the development plan.
  • CEFP brings together emerging filmmakers from Central Europe, including Berlin at its Western edge, who want to create distinctive and singular low-budget first features.
  • CEFP teaching and mentorship comes from the combined schools’ faculties, with each team taking on a script mentor from another school.
  • Three workshops a year, held as much as possible in focused, retreat-style environments. The first workshop takes place over an intense four-day period and participants work on loglines and one-page summaries. Over the following nine months, the two consecutive workshops take the project to a full draft and package.

The Central Europe Feature Project was made possible with the generous funding and support of the VGF:


Ellis Freeman

Head of Screenwriting