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Refocus film festival

Celebrating the art of adaptation

OCTOBER 17-20, 2024
Refocus Film Festival 2024
The 3rd edition of the Refocus Film Festival returns to Downtown Iowa City from October 17-20. 

An annual celebration of cinema, Refocus features dozens of films, filmmakers, music, art and conversation centered on the art of adaptation.
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First Announcement
Musician Marc Ribot will perform a live score to accompany Yakov Protazanov’s pioneering 1924 sci-fi film Aelita: Queen of Mars, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary. This live score event is presented with support from Hancher.
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All Access
every film
Early bird $200
Public $225

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Best value
8 Films
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fest curious
4 Films
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DOZENS OF Films, LIVE MUSIC AND ART, 4 Days, 1 pass

Movie lovers rejoice! The Refocus Film Festival returns for another year with four days of film screenings, each proceeded by live local music or multimedia art to form a kaleidoscopic impression of the many artistic disciplines that inform our big screen experience.
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Festivities, Conversations, Happy Hours And art

Refocus Film Festival is much more than films. Go deeper into the the art through filmmaker and author dialogues, curated alongside Iowa City Book Festival.

Presenting Sponsor

We’re thrilled to recognize James Investment Group, Inc. as the returning presenting sponsor for the 2024 festival!

Sponsorships help make our festival possible, supporting screening fees, artist travel, live performances and all the festivities that make it a fest.
James Investment Group
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