Submissions for 2017 are Open!

We are now accepting student screenplay submissions for Pens to Lens 2017! 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.

The CU Film Society is officially a non-profit!

We are thrilled to announce that the CU Film Society is now officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! We hope you will consider supporting Pens to Lens 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!