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.


2017 / USA / Natalie Leite

Sat, Feb 2411:00pm

The accidental death of her rapist sends an art student on a course for justice. 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.


2017 / Argentina + / Lucrecia Martel

Tue, Mar 66:00pm

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, a Spanish officier of the 17th century awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires during a series of misadventures. Part of Bijou Horizons series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for general public.