From your head to the big screen

The Champaign Urbana Film Society invites K-12 students in East Central Illinois to submit original screenplays to the Pens To Lens Screenwriting Competition. Student screenplays will be made into actual short films and movie posters by the local art community. On screening gala night, the whole community is invited to see these finished films and celebrate student writing with awards and other surprises!


Pens to Lens Announcements

  • Pens to Lens 2014: What Now? (3/5/2014) - Thanks to everyone who sent in a script!  Submissions closed with nearly 150 entries.  Local filmmakers are currently pouring over them, looking for those special scripts that speak to them.  We will announce some of their picks at the end of April, the full lineup will be announced in mid-July, and the 2014 Pens to […]
  • Pens to Lens 2014 Open for Submissions! (2/1/2014) - And we’re live!  We will be accepting submissions online through February 28th.
  • Pens To Lens 2014 Press Release (1/15/2014) - For immediate release Second Annual Pens To Lens Student Screenwriting Competition Launches Feb 1st The second annual Pens To Lens student screenwriting competition hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Film Society (CUFS) will launch this February 1st. The student writing portion will run through February 28th, and filmmakers will produce films for an August 2014 red carpet […]

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