The Thomas Edison Film Festival (TEFF) presents selected short films from the Festival’s 2022 touring collection – featuring animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative — including three award-winning selections by current Princeton visual arts students Lola Constantino ’23 and Dylan Fox ’22 and recent alumnus Alexander Deland, Jr. ’21.

A live discussion and Q&A will be held following the screening with Deland, Constantino and Fox, along with Elijah Mosley, University of the Arts alumnus, 2021. The filmmakers’ panel will be hosted by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and Princeton faculty members Su Friedrich, Moon Molson, and Tim Szetela.

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts and Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium.

Tickets and Details

The screening and conversation are free and open to the public. Advance tickets required; reserve tickets through University Ticketing.

Get directions to the James Stewart Film Theater and find other venue information for 185 Nassau Street.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe event space is wheelchair accessible. Guests in need of access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at at least one week prior to the event date. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations.


About the Featured Films

line drawing of 3 figures and words past and future

Film still courtesy David De La Fuente

Compositions for Understanding Relationships (Animation)

5 min. by David De La Fuente, New York, NY, USA

Compositions for Understanding Relationships takes the shape of a “love letter.” This concept is examined as various forms of relationships are brought on throughout the film. Taken in and out of the romantic context, the viewer gazes upon the dynamic play of color, form, balance, proportion, and unity. “…for the lover the letter has no tactical value: it is purely expressive…”


person with scar over their head peeks around stone wall

Film still courtesy Andy B. Clarke

Hedy (Narrative)

11 min. by Andy B. Clarke, Greystones, Wicklow, Ireland

A savvy young homeless girl creates a robot as a surrogate for her departed younger brother. Not everyone is happy with their partnership.



two people stand outside liquor store, one with arms raised and one with surprised expression

Film still courtesy Alexander Deland, Jr.

On the Sidewalk, at Night (Narrative)

9 min. by Alexander Deland, Jr., Pelham, NY, US

After a string of failed auditions, a disillusioned young dancer goes to a liquor store to drown her sorrows. While waiting for her ride outside the store, her night is interrupted by a chatty stranger. Hope and realism clash under the streetlights.


2 animated figures stare out subway window

Film still courtesy Lola Constantino

wish u a good life (Animation)

7 min. by Lola Constantino, Warren, NJ, US

This film reimagines what an anonymous chat online would look like if the two strangers met on a subway. The conversation took place on 2/21/21 between the filmmaker and an anonymous user on



iMac computer screen shows film editing software

Film still courtesy Dylan Fox

Tuesday (Documentary)

21 min. by Dylan Fox, Talbott, TN, US

A young filmmaker tries to do good in the world by participating in a non-partisan political internship with the goal of making short videos that expand voting rights in America. Months later, he tries to piece together the failure of that internship, his ambivalence to politics, and the depression he suffers after months of the Covid-19 pandemic.


two brightly illustrated people seated at table

Film still courtesy Hannah Saidiner

My Parent, Neal (Documentary)

8 min. by Hannah Saidiner, San Fernando, CA, US

An animated documentary reflecting on the filmmaker’s parent coming out as transgender and how their relationship evolved, as told through domestic spaces, intimate objects, and their shared birthday.



white circle surrounded by yellow red and orange colors

Film still courtesy Elijah Mosley

Corpus (Experimental)

5 min. by Elijah Mosley, Philadelphia, PA, US

Abstracted images are assembled to create a portrait of the old world, culminating in its demise.





abstract scene of figure in boat by white clouds

Film still courtesy Alisa Karo

Forestkeeper (Animation)

7 min. by Alisa Karo, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

This film follows a character closely through her journey in an isolated forest where the only other living creature seems to be unconscious. The borders between caring and controlling become thinner with every thread.



large footprint in red dirt

Film still courtesy Osbert Parker

Timeline (Experimental)

5 min. by Osbert Parker, London, England, UK

Timeline uses experimental animation techniques to explore migration that triggered 400 years of emigration from Britain between 1620-2020 and beyond. A single footprint rapidly escalates into patterns of human travel in the form of ‘abstract lines’ within the natural world to evoke meaning; suggesting epic voyages and connected narratives over long histories, evolving into unexpected pathways through time.


About the Thomas Edison Film Festival

black abstract block building with yellow door For over 40 years the Thomas Edison Film Festival has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form. The Festival was founded in 1981 and was originally named for Thomas Edison’s West Orange, NJ, film studio, whose resemblance to the familiar black-box shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “black maria.” The Festival’s relationship to Thomas Edison’s invention of the motion camera and the kinetoscope and his experimentation with the short film is at the core of the Festival’s mission. Thomas Edison Film Festival is an international juried competition celebrating all genres and independent filmmakers across the globe.

The Festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, which also showcases the New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival and the Global Insights Collection, an archive of films focusing on the environment, LGBTQ subjects, people with disabilities, international issues, race and class, and films with themes of social justice.

In addition to the support from the Lewis Center, the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium receives generous support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Charles Edison Fund – Edison Innovation Foundation; the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism; the Hoboken Historical Museum; WithumSmith+Brown; Lowenstein Sandler, LLP; the NBA; Big Sky Edit; Monster Remotes; Syracuse University; Fairleigh Dickenson University; and East Brunswick Tech – School of the Arts.

Learn more about the Thomas Edison Film Festival and the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium.

Presented By

  • Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium
  • Program in Visual Arts