About the festival

a vibrant, wholly unique annual festival that celebrates adaptation, transforming one art form into another.


The 3rd annual Refocus Film Festival will take place October 17-20, 2024. Building on the success of the inaugural year, this year's festival will again include dozens of films, conversations, performances, and art inspired by the work of adaptation, transforming one art form into another.

The festival will take place primarily in FilmScene's five theaters at the Chauncey and on the Ped Mall, with Opening Night at The Englert Theatre and additional programming in the downtown district.

Movie lovers will rejoice at the opportunity to take in multiple films each day, with screenings preceded by performances by local musical and visual artists to form a kaleidoscopic impression of the artistic disciplines that inform our big screen experience. In addition, a series of curated dialogues, in collaboration with Iowa City Book Festival will take us deeper into conversation about how ideas journey from page to screen. And yes, of course, there will be special guests, parties, and celebration!

Passes are now on sale with individual tickets and full festival announce in September.

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