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Romance short films tend to be either optimistic or realistic. I love and
give you both forms as one gives you hope and the other gives you solace.

Post-it Love by Si & Ad (2008) (UK) (3m) *

Post-it Love, written and directed by British duo Simon Atkinson & Adam Townley (thus Si & Ad) is just about as close to perfection as you can get in a romantic short film. Like the similarly brilliant Signs (above), Post-it Love shows us two shy office workers looking for love but unable to say so overtly. There is some suspension of disbelief needed but these are romance shorts made for the silver screen!

True by Tom Tykwer (2004) (France/Germany) (7m)

True, written and directed by Tom Tykwer (best known for the manic Run Lola Run), and starring Natalie Portman, was commissioned as one of the segments of Paris, Je T'aime - a collection of short films financed by the French capital in order to promote the city. It is one of the few that stands on its own. Portman plays a young actress studying at the Conservatoire, who falls for a blind Frenchman. The film starts with what is apparently her break-up telephone call.

Signs by Patrick Hughes (2008) (Australia) (12m)

An example of the near-perfect romantic short film, Signs was brought to the screen by Australian filmmaker, Patrick Hughes, with writing credits including Karl Fleet and Nick Worthington. It is a universal story about a guy and a girl working in opposite office blocks and therefore relient on signs to pursue their coy courtship. The only question is why it never won any major festival awards.

Sign Language by Oscar Sharp (2010) (UK) (5m)

Written by Stephen Fellows, Sign Language won both the reed.co.uk short film competition and the Virgin Media Shorts competition in 2010 and it's easy to see why. It is a subtle and likeable romantic comedy narrated by a 'board guy' - who stand on London's Oxford Street holding up signs - who spends his life making announcements but is too shy to talk to the girl handing out flyers that he fancies.

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