Welcome students! FilmScene and Bijou 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. 

Bijou Mondays at FilmScene

Free films for University of Iowa students for the final Monday night screening of new release films at FilmScene during the semester.

THX 1138

1971 / USA / George Lucas

Sat, Feb 1711:00pm

A chilling look at a 25th-century totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality. Part of Bijou After Hours series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.


2017 / Ben Russell

Tue, Feb 276:00pm

A visceral documentary portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil. Part of Bijou Film Forum series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.


2014 / France / Celine Sciamma

Tue, Feb 206:00pm

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier. Part of Bijou Horizons series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.