When I attend a film festival, I nearly always choose blocks of short films over feature-length films. I love a good feature, but I also love the "never quite sure what you're going to get" aspect to watching a curated block of short films.
Same goes with my fiction reading. I love a good novel, but a novel is a big commitment, reading-wise. I love the variety in a curated short story collection, especially when the stories, even in their diverse approaches, explore a common theme. The short story is an under-appreciated form (so too the short film). Neither is in anyway a "training ground" for their longer brethren. They are their own rich form. I wish both the short film and the short story had a wider viewership/readership than they currently do.
If Nathan Elias' short story collection, The Reincarnations (Montag Press) had a tagline, I think it would read as follows: "You can love whomever you want, but that love won't necessarily save them... or you."