For short-film makers, presenting a film at the international short film festival in Oberhausen, Germany is the pinnacle of success. The 60-year-old festival highlights first-timers and seasoned pros alike, featuring works both experimental and traditional. Unfortunately, traveling to Europe for the sake of seeing a bunch of short films will cost you a pretty penny, and it’s hard to select which films to view among the long, dizzying show listings. The National Gallery of Art does your dirty work by presenting a dozen highlights from the 2014 festival at two programs this afternoon. The selection skews in favor of American and English-language shorts, but Italian, Argentine, and German filmmakers are also represented. Prepare to be sufficiently empowered by the first program’s highlight, Michael Robinson’s The Dark, Krystle (pictured), described as both a fashion show and feminist morality parade. The films show at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov.