Screenplay submissions are open!

The 2016 Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition is here! Screenplay submissions are now open through February 29th. Be sure to review the submission guidelines, and, when your script is ready, submit here.

If you’re new to Pens to Lens, we’ve made it easy to find all kinds of great resources – from screenwriting samples to curriculum guides and more – right here on our website.

Also be sure to visit our Student Film Festival page. Festival submissions are due June 30th.

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!


Have any questions?

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Please contact the CU Film Society with any questions or concerns by sending an email to