Pens to Lens 2016!

Screenplay submissions for the 2016 Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition are now closed. Thank you to all of the student screenwriters who submitted screenplays this year! Winning screenplays will be announced in mid-July.

While the screenwriting competition is closed, you can still submit your student-produced film to the Pens to Lens Student Film Festival. Festival submissions are due June 30th.

And mark your calendar – all winners will be recognized at the Awards and Screening Gala on August 13th at the Virginia Theater.

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