Get ready for Pens to Lens 2017!

It’s finally 2017, and that means that this year’s Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition is right around the corner! Starting February 1st – and throughout the entire month of February – we’ll begin accepting short screenplay submissions from K-12 students throughout East Central Illinois.

Be sure to check out our Resources page for loads of resources on screenwriting for both students, parents, and teachers. You can also see all of the past films by going to the “Films” tab in the upper right corner of this page.

We’ll have more announcements about the screenwriting competition in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Pens to Lens is officially a non-profit!

We are thrilled to announce that Pens to Lens is now officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! We hope you will consider supporting us with a financial gift. You can give directly through Paypal or send a check (made out to Champaign-Urbana Film Society) to the address below. Thank you for your support!

Champaign-Urbana Film Society
309 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820


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!