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16 Sweets: Short Valentine’s Day Films

By Robert Repass

It’s February. Love is the air and on the tube—YouTube, that is. So in lieu of a big box of Valentine’s Day chocolates, we’re offering you a wide variety of tasty short films to enjoy.

Just like our “13 Fright Bites” and “12 Winter’s Tales” offerings, this collection includes many sorts of films. We’ve got gooey sweet shorts and teasingly tart ones, pleasantly complex themes and tales that are in rather poor taste. So whether you like your love stories romantic, funny, quirky, sad, or bad—and even if you privately dream of Cupid shooting himself in his own foot—there’s something here to suit your mood.

ELEVATOR ROMANCE

 

Every relationship—new and old—has its ups and downs, but this funny film shows us what can happen when two people get stuck between floors.

 

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Length: 3:51

PLASTIC

 

A woman makes a wonderful—or is it horrible?—discovery as she prepares for a date. This film reminds us that we’ve got to love ourselves before we can love another person.

 

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Length: 7:27

 

POST-IT LOVE

 

Office romances can be sticky…very sticky, as is the case in this charming film about two shy coworkers who develop romantic feelings for each other.

 

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Length: 3:02

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE

 

In this emotionally charged, heartstring-tugging film, a young student uncovers his feelings for his best friend as he tries to answer a question on a French exam.

 

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Length: 9:28

CUPIDON (LOVE IS BLIND)

 

In this animated short, Cupid’s arrow goes astray after he is momentarily distracted, and he must fix his mistake before it’s too late.

 

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Length: 7:24

BREAK UP?

In this comedic short, a young man finds that breaking up is not merely hard to do—it’s downright impossible!

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Length: 4:01

ARRANGED MARRIAGE

 

What if a game of 20 Questions could set the course of the rest of your life? In this short, two young people meet as part of an arranged marriage “first look.”

 

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Length: 12:06

 

LOS GRITONES (THE SCREAMERS)

 

This short short reminds us that love can be very loud…as well as more than a little awkward.

 

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Length: 1:24

 

STRUCK

 

In this funny, sweet short, Cupid’s arrow hits its mark—unfortunately, being struck by love makes it very difficult to navigate through life.

 

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Length: 7:01

 

IT'S A DATE - ZARA AND EVE

 

Watch words and sparks fly in this smart film, as two polar opposites meet for a first date and learn that differences between people can sometimes make a real difference!

 

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Length: 12:12

SURFACE LOVE

Communication is key to starting (and maintaining) the perfect relationship…but can you take a phone at face value?

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Length: 3:21

TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT

In this coming-of-age film, a girl and two young boys find friendship one late night while waiting for their parents in a parking lot.

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Length: 11:20

THE PERILS OF INTERNET DATING

This funny story deals with the joys and hardships—well, mostly hardships—of looking for romance online.

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Length: 2:53

THE ECOLOGY OF LOVE

 

Pharrell Williams stars as Andre—a man caught between passion and regret—in this stylish romance.

 

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Length: 17:30

 

 

INVENTION OF LOVE

 

This beautiful animated short explores concepts of love and loss in a world made up of gears, bolts, and machines.

 

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Length: 9:14

AUTO LOVE

 

This short is about a very special kind of love: the one between a man and his car. (Viewer discretion is strongly advised due to excessive buffing and poor fuel injection choices. Children and discerning adults should leave this piece of candy tucked in its box. You have been warned!)

 

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Length: 4:20

If you really love films and filmmaking, why not write a story and shoot your own short? Send us a link to your movie, and you may find yourself on our pages.

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