Submissions Are Open!

Submissions Are Open!
Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

We are now accepting student screenplay submissions for Pens to Lens 2018! You can get educational resources and submission guidelines here, and when you’re ready to submit, you can find the screenplay submission form here.  Remember — screenplay submissions close February 28th!

We are also accepting student-produced short films for the Student Filmmaking Competition!  You can get details on that here, and when you’re ready to submit your film you can do so here.  We will be accepting student film entries through June 30th!

If you are interested in getting involved with the production of this year’s films and posters, check out this page and see what might apply to you, and if you’re interested in being considered for an onscreen role in one of the films, you can set up an actor profile on Champaign Casting Call.

Announcing the Fourth Annual Pens to Lens Screening & Awards Gala

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

Tickets for the 4th Annual Pens to Lens Gala are now on sale! This year’s Gala features 18 films based on scripts written by K-12 students from all across East Central Illinois. The red carpet event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the historic Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign, with movies aimed at younger viewers beginning at 2pm and movies for older students beginning at 6pm. More information is available on the Facebook Event here.

The Pens to Lens Gala is FREE for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at The Virginia Theater website here.

While films in the 2 p.m. show are appropriate for all ages, some films in the later block may be intense for kids under 13.

2 p.m.:

“The Search for Pizza” by Evan Unzicker, 4th Grade
“Burrito as a Pet” by Devante Derrickson, 8th Grade
“The Cody Chronicles: Murphy’s Law” by John Nicol, 9th Grade
“Horrors” by Fred Scher, 5th Grade
“Wanda and Pickles Discover the Earth”, Ella Kirwan, 8th Grade
“The Runaway Toilet” by Adrian Blume, 3rd Grade
“Bananas and Mr Snake’s Big Adventure” by Caleb Wolters, 3rd Grade
“The Alarm Clock” by Nathan Lee, 2nd Grade
“Listen” by Ethan Grinberg, 8th Grade
“The End of the World” by Caleb Pyrz, Chase Vickers, Nik Johnson, and Brett Barcus, 8th Grade

6 p.m.:

“Bumps in the Night” by Madeline De Coste, 8th Grade
“The Goldfish” by Katarina Blakeslee, 11th Grade
“Love and Death” by Cameron Johnson, 11th Grade
“Fast Rodney, Who Was On His Way Out”, by Gabriela DeLisle Diaz, 11th Grade
“The Potato Boy” by Shardale Negre and Kayla Gardner, 8th Grade
“The Star Prince” by Parker Evans, 10th Grade
“Lance Lawson: The Case of the of the Misplaced Politician” by Mitchell Flanagin, 12th Grade
“Hello Fear” by Autumn Ellis, 10th Grade

The winners of the Student Film Festival will also be shown.

2pm show:
“The Weirder it Gets” by Rowan Fisher
“Flying Jedi” by Florence Lin

6pm show:
“Summer Daze” by Sarah Stelzer

Pens to Lens is a screenwriting competition that invites K-12 students in East Central Illinois to submit original screenplays. If their screenplay is chosen, a member of the local filmmaking group Champaign Movie Makers (CMM) will turn that script into a short film. Additional scripts will be adapted as movie posters by designers from the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO).

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!