20 September 2017, Alumni
The short film, The Suit, will soon run out of place to hang all the awards it has won locally and abroad, recently scooping up the Auidience Choice Award for best Film at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago.
Directed by AFDA Johannesburg alumnus Jarryd Coetsee and produced by alumnus Luke Sharland, and which also included 28 AFDA alumni and students in key positions on the crew has been shown at film festivals in 83 cities and towns in 28 countries. It won South Africa’s national film award, the SAFTA, for Best Short Film, as well as the Best International Short & Best of the Festival Awards at the Oscar-qualifying BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta. THE SUIT was selected by France’s Académie des Arts et Téchniques du Cinéma as one of the best short films of the year, acknowledged by UNICEF at its headquarters in Paris. Not only did it win Best Short Film at the Scotland African Film Festival (Africa in Motion) of Edinburgh & Glasgow, the Audience Award at the Cape Town leg of the Shnit International Film Festival of Switzerland, but it also received Special Jury Recognition at the Oscar-qualifying Pan-African Film Festival of Los Angeles, one of three Oscar-qualifying festivals for which it was selected, and a Special Jury Mention at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
For the past 22 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented the Black Harvest Film Festival
. It is the Midwest’s largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience. 2017 marks the 23rd year of the festival.