Welcome students! FilmScene is committed to education for learners of all ages, from our Youth Animation Summer Camp to our high school Scenesters program to our deep partnership with the Bijou Film Board, where we offer a number of free-of-charge series and free or reduced cost screenings for University of Iowa students. In addition, University of Iowa, Kirkwood, and area high school students can buy a student membership for $25, which allows you to enjoy the latest new releases and special events at a lower ticket price with additional concession discounts.

The Bijou Film Board

The Bijou Film Board is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to the exhibition of American independent, foreign and classic cinema. Established in 1972, the Bijou has built a reputation as one of the preeminent student-run cinemas in the nation and has since partnered with FilmScene to assist with the programming and operation of the downtown cinema. Bijou offers five distinct programming initiatives to bring engaging cinema to students and the Iowa City community.
Bijou After Hours
Bijou After Hours is a late-night film series of recent releases, genre favorites, and cult classics that runs every Saturday night through the academic semester.
Bijou Film Forum
Bijou Film Forum presents screenings and discussions of acclaimed and provocative films that seek to engage community members and UI students across all disciplines and fields of study through the art of film.
Bijou Horizons
Bijou Horizons is a world cinema series that brings awareness to diverse cultures through film. UI students who see all five shows in a semester will be eligible to win a study abroad scholarship.
Bijou Open Screen
Open screen night is meant to gather both UI students and community members in sharing the strange and fun things they produce, love, and obsess over. An open submission is held once per semester, and the selected films are screened for free with a public reception.


2019 / USA / Justin Chon

Sat, Sep 1810:00pm

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father’s life.


2012 / Denmark + / Thomas Vinterberg

Thu, Sep 167:00pm

A teacher lives a lonely life, struggling over his son’s custody. It slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.


1979 / Taiwan + / King Hu

Thu, Sep 237:00pm

An esquire and a General eye a priceless handwritten scroll in a temple library.