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 Fridays at FilmScene
A late night alternative for University of Iowa Students. Films after 10pm on Friday nights (when UI is in session) are FREE for students, limited to 30 students per week. Join us and make it a part of your weekend!


1998 / UK + / Todd Haynes

Sat, Feb 2311:00pm

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970’s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. 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.


2013 / Indonesia + / Joshua Oppenheimer

Tue, Feb 266:00pm

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarious and lavish musical numbers. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.