People are deluged by content - via social media, TV channels, OTT platform, box sets, websites, brands etc - but have less and less time to watch them. Short films offer narratives, story arcs etc but delivered in a condensed form.
Yes, short films are worth watching
They are a powerful way to experience stories.
Short films give voices to people otherwise ignored
The voiceless can be heard, a unique perspective explored.
Short films allow filmmakers and actors to showcase their talents in order to secure funding from studios or private funding. By supporting a short film, you could support a filmmaker's chance at future features.
Short films cannot be placed in theaters and are not profitable
Short films are made with little to no funding. If they are in theatres, they are usually playing at odd hours or with a series of other short films, making them harder to find. Multiplexes run at a loss when screening short films in isolation.