Thank you!

We are so pleased at the success of the 2nd Annual Pens to Lens Gala! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the films and posters, thank you to our hosts Joe Barlow and Charlie Hester, thank you to the Champaign Park District and the Virginia Theatre, and most of all, thank you to all of the kids who shared their wonderful stories with us.

Keep watching this site as we add links to this year’s films, photos from the red carpet, and information on purchasing movie posters. We’ve already had people asking about buying the DVDs, and we do have a limited number of them left from Saturday’s event. They are $10 each plus $3 shipping. Click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase yours!


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!


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