Turned on in Aspen

8th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Examiner reports that the Irish short film, “Whatever Turns You On”, written and directed by Declan Cassidy, won the Best Short Short Award at the Aspen Shortsfest in the United States.

“I’m really thrilled,” said Mr Cassidy, who is en route from the US to Cairo in Egypt where the film has also made the finals for Best Short Film in the Egypt Film Festival. “It’s a very simple little story about a homeless guy who doesn’t let the system get him down and I think it’s striking a chord with audiences in these troubled times.”

Aspen Shortfest, an old and prestigious festival, is considered as one of the Oscar Qualifiers festivals.

The film has scooped seven awards and has been officially selected into 15 festivals since its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh.

1 comment to “Turned on in Aspen”

  • liamo1 says:

    Saw this little film..WOW..its really something special. Kinda like a modern day Charlie Chaplin..the little guy who “bucks the system” and comes out on top.
    The actor who plays the homelessman/tramp really steals the film…..his performance is stunning….the twinkle in his eye and the infectious grin on his face are hilarious.

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