Pens to Lens 2016 Films Now Online!

Another fantastic Pens to Lens gala has come and gone, but the films and posters are now available for viewing online here!

A huge thanks to the talented student screenwriters, filmmakers, designers, and volunteers for all of their hard work and talent that make Pens to Lens so incredibly special each year.

The 2017 competition begins in February, but it’s never too soon to start writing!

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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