Curator Robert LantosRobert Lantos

I like films that entertain me, absorb me and stir me - to laugh, to cry, to dream, to fantasize. Films that unpretentiously shine a light on the human condition, its beauty, its tragedy, its glory and its infinite absurdity.

In 1972, when he was still a student at McGill University, Robert Lantos co-founded the company that grew into Alliance Communications Corporation, which for 25 years was Canada’s largest film and television production / distribution company and a leading specialty broadcaster. He was Alliance’s Chairman and CEO and took the company public in 1993, selling his controlling interest in 1998.

Robert Lantos is the owner of Serendipity Point Films and a distinguished producer who has made some 40 feature films as well as numerous made-for-television dramas. Four of his films have received Academy Award Nominations, The Sweet Hereafter, Being Julia, Eastern Promises and Barney’s Version, while Sunshine and Eastern Promises were nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Picture and Being Julia and Barney’s Version won Golden Globes. Eight of his productions have been in the Official Cannes Selection, where The Sweet Hereafter won the Grand Prix and the International Critics Prize, Crash won a Special Jury Prize and Adoration won the Ecumenical Prize. His films have represented Canada in official competition at most film festivals. eXistenZ won the Silver Bear in Berlin and Barney’s Version won the Audience Award at both the Venice and San Sebastian Film Festival. Next is his film Remember directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Dean Norris.

Mr. Lantos has won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture with Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter, Sunshine and Ararat while Black Robe, Johnny Mnemonic and Crash all won the Golden Reel Award for top grossing Canadian film. 

In the 1980’s and 90’s Mr. Lantos was responsible for numerous long running Canadian TV series such as Night Heat (the first Canadian drama series on a U.S. network), Bordertown, Counterstrike, E.N.G, Due South, and North of 60. Collectively, these series have won the Screen Award for Best Television Drama ten times. His made-for-television movies and mini-series include Sword of Gideon (HBO), Shot Through The Heart (HBO), The Hunchback, (TNT) Woman on the Run (NBC) and Family of Strangers (CBS). 

In 1995, Mr. Lantos launched the Showcase television network, followed by History Television a couple years later.

Mr. Lantos is a member of the Order of Canada, is a recipient of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts Award, The Toronto Arts Award and has received the Academy of Canadian Film and Television's Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Business of Filmmaking”. He is an inductee in the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Academy of Film and Television, European Film Academy and holds an honourary doctorate from McGill University.

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