Fourth Annual Pens to Lens Gala

Fourth Annual Pens to Lens Gala
Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

Mark your calendars! The Fourth Annual Pens to Lens Screening & Awards Gala returns to the Virginia Theatre on Saturday, August 13th! You can find more information by checking out our Facebook event here, and you can purchase your tickets and festival passes here.

Kids 18 and under are FREE!

See you there!

Content Guide 2015

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015

The Pens to Lens program covers a wide range of ages, and some content that’s fine for the older viewers may be inappropriate for the younger viewers.  The following scripts were written by older students and contain brief moments of intensity, violence, or language that some parents may not be comfortable showing to their young children.

  • Nightmare on Walnut Street: Contains a mildly intense sequence with a ghost which may be disturbing to some kids.
  • Sun Black and the Cannibal Dwarf: As the title suggests, the dwarf is seen eating cartoonish props which appear to be human (or dwarf) remains.
  • Heaven Forbid: Scene implying suicide.
  • Artificial Intelligence: The titular robot traps and gasses a group of people (no on-screen deaths).
  • Influence and Pressure: A sympathetic robot cuts some wires and kills himself.

We Are Accepting Submissions For Pens To Lens 2015!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014

Students and parents across East Central Illinois, we encourage you to start warming up your writing muscles by reviewing our resources here. Teachers, take a look at our curriculum materials here, and remember Pens To Lens satisfies Common Core literacy requirements for your class.

Review submission guidelines here, and when your script is ready, submit here! We can’t wait to see what you write this year!



This year, the CUFS is bringing the entire filmmaking process to the high school students of East Central Illinois. Students will have new opportunities to work with technology, collaborate with peers and mentors, and show off their resourcefulness in this first-annual Pens To Lens High School Film Festival.

Click here to learn more and to register for updates!