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

  • Full Lineup of the Second Annual Pens to Lens Gala at the Virginia Theater (7/16/2014) - The Champaign-Urbana Film Society’s second annual Pens to Lens Gala will be held on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. A red carpet event beginning at 1pm will lead into two blocks of film screenings. Films produced from scripts written by K-7th grade students will premiere at 2pm and films made […]
  • Screening Date and Venue Announcement (7/1/2014) - The wonderful Virginia Theater will host the 2nd Annual Pens to Lens Gala on August 9! Tickets will be available starting at 10am on July 18th, at the theater and on their website. This year, we have so many shorts being made, we’re splitting the show into two blocks based on age group.  Keep an […]
  • Pens to Lens 2014: Scripts Currently In Production (5/1/2014) - Thank you all for your patience!  While some titles may be added to this list in the coming weeks, we’re ready to announce 17 scripts currently in production!  The complete lineup for the Gala in early August will be released in mid-July, along with other details for the event.  Good work everyone, and congratulations to […]

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