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.

Bijou Thursdays at FilmScene

An alternative to Thirsty Thursdays for University of Iowa Students. Films after 8pm in the Screening Room will be $5 for students, plus special $2 popcorn, dollar off soda and other promotional perks. Join us and make it a part of your week!


1976 / USA / Brian De Palma

Sat, Oct 2011:00pm

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.


2017 / Mexico + / Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

Tue, Oct 306:00pm

The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.


2017 / Norway

Tue, Oct 236:00pm

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Horizon Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.