Apr 5, 2024, 5PM

Student Week: BiFocal Film Screening & Mixer


Calling all student filmmakers and artists! Join the ICA Student Board & UPenn’s student-run film festival, Bifocal Film Festival, for an opening night of connection and community among students interested in entertainment in Philly. The evening begins with three film screenings carefully selected by the BiFocal committee, showcasing the talent of undergraduate students from across the globe. Afterwards, network with filmmakers, local cinephiles, and young people in the arts from across the city & enjoy some delicious food. Business cards and portfolios are welcome. See you there!

Registration for this event is $5. All proceeds will go towards programming for the BiFocal film festival.


Register to attend this event here.

If you require any accessibility accommodations or have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey (bclottey@ica.upenn.edu).

About Student Week

ICA’s Student Week is an annual event that highlights and celebrates the diverse talents of undergraduate students in Philadelphia. Organized by the ICA’s student board in collaboration with student groups at Penn, this week-long celebration features film screenings, networking events, workshops, and culminates with After Dark—an event for students, creatives, and community members to appreciate emerging talent. Join us in celebrating the creativity and innovation of the next generation!

About the films & filmmakers

Melody’s Murmur (dir. Fabio Barber)

Manuel is trying with no avail for her wife to get her memory back. Under these hard circumstances Manuel needs to ask himself if he can continue to take care of the women that, after all, loves him as the first day.

From a young age, Fabio Barber feels the urge to tell all kinds of stories, finding in cinema the perfect way to do it. He started his path as a director in 2018 when he started studying at the Canary Island Film Institute. Since then, he has developed his creativity by finding his own voice when telling stories. As a filmmaker, his intention is to tell those stories that hold deep meaning, maybe due to their complexity, development, or interaction between characters or because of the emotions and sensations he can transmit to the audience but never settling in one genre or format.

Dandedog (dir. Elmano Diogo):

After his best friend’s death, Solomon leaves on an introspective trip, searching for an answer to erase his sadness and fill the void in his chest.

Elmano Diogo was born on the 9th of September, in Funchal, on the island of Madeira. He lived in Machico, studied in the computing area, and completed a bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Design at the University of Madeira. In 2017, he moved to Lisbon and completed a master’s degree in Animation Arts at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias de Lisboa. He’s currently enrolled in Re:Anima – European Joint Master in Animation. He was part of the directors in 4 animation short films (Past-It, Duality, Dandedog, and Rising in a Spiral), did compositing on the animation short film Cellfie, and is currently part of the animation feature film Nayola, contributing with animation, inbetweens and clean-up. 2D and 3D animation are his favourite animation styles and he’s also used to work in clean-up and compositing.

Entropy (dir. Bamdad Aghajani and Arian Navabi)

A physics professor is trying to teach the concept of Entropy in his class, but unusual things start to happen…

Bamdad Aghajani is a 23-year-old film student born in Tehran, Iran. With both of his parents being poets, he grew up with an artistic background. He has studied Cinema (Directing) at the Tehran University of Art. While in high school, he participated in his school’s theater group and won several student awards. His second short film (Entropy 2022) which he co-directed, won several national & international student awards. He is currently working on his 3rd short film.

Arian Navabi is a young filmmaker, born in 2001. He had an early start in his creative journey by making videos at the age of 6 and learning animation when he turned 9. In high school, Arian studied mathematical physics which helped him expand his knowledge in mathematics and science. Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Alongside his studies, Arian has also been active in graphic design and motion design for several years before turning to filmmaking as his main focus. His first short film “Entropy” was co-directed and edited by himself, released last year (2022), which was highly acclaimed and awarded many times over various festivals.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Stacey & Robert Goergen Jr., Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, Joline & David Stemerman, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.