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Still from Hsin-An Pan’s Leo & Nymphia courtesy Thomas Edison Film Festival

International Shorts: Best of the Thomas Edison Film Festival 2023

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

The annual tour of award winners from the Thomas Edison Film Festival (TEFF) returns to the National Gallery. Since 1981, the mission of TEFF has been to promote innovation in the art of the moving image with films that honor Edison’s vision. The selected international shorts include animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, and screen dance works from Austria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the US, and Wales. Festival director Jane Steuerwald will introduce this two-part program.

Program one at 12:00 p.m.

  • Cornucopia (Ani Antonova and Dimiter Ovtcharov, Austria, animation, 7 minutes)
  • Leo & Nymphia (Hsin-An Pan, Taiwan, documentary, 27 minutes)
  • As Big as the Sky (Lindsay Clipner, USA, 4 minutes)
  • Dancing in the Shadows (Eliot Bloom and Alexandra Gordon-Gibson, Netherlands, animation, 3 minutes)
  • In Love with a Problem (Julie Kim, Canada, documentary, 22 minutes)
  • Inner Polar Bear (Gerald Conn, USA, animation, 7 minutes)
  • Intersextion (Richard Roger Reeves, Canada, experimental, 4 minutes)
  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Feel Pain (Eugen Merher, Germany, narrative, 21 minutes) 


  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Program two at 2:30 p.m.

  • Inside the Beauty Bubble (Cheryl Bookout and Cheri Gaulke, USA, documentary, 31 minutes)
  • Language Unknown (Janelle VanderKelen, USA, experimental, 6 minutes)
  • City of Ghosts (Christian Elliot and Elle Ginter, UK/USA, narrative, 15 minutes)
  • Now I’m in the Kitchen (Yana Pan, USA, animation, 5 minutes)
  • Winter’s Passing (Yang Fei and Pinghu, USA/Taiwan, narrative, 21 minutes)
  • giroscopio (John Muse and Brendamaris Rodriguez, USA/Puerto Rico, experimental, 8 minutes)
  • Crumbs! (Luke Jaeger and Amara Jaeger, USA, animation, 3 minutes)
  • Life Left Behind (Valia Phyllis Zwart, Norway, screen dance, 6 minutes)


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