Lantos produced such critically acclaimed films as the Oscar-nominated Being Julia, Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominated, Barney’s Version, Golden Globe nominee Sunshine, and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated Eastern Promises. He also received the Canadian Academy’s Best Picture Award for Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter, Sunshine and Ararat.
In a powerful, moving and inspiring speech to 550 guests gathered at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Hungarian-born, Lantos, addressed current attitudes towards Israel, comparing pre-war Hungary to modern day Jew hatred.
University of Haifa President Amos Shapira, and Vice President for Development and External Relations, Yariv Sultan, presented the Honorary Doctorate degree to Lantos. Heather Reisman delivered a warm tribute to Lantos and Simcha Jacobovici and Gerry Schwartz performed the“hooding”. Also participating in the program, were Canadian Friends President, Dr. Arnie Aberman and Dinner Patron, Tony
Robert’s children, producer Ari Lantos and stills photographer, Sabrina Lantos, attended the event, together with leaders from the Toronto community and guests from the entertainment world including Honorary Tribute Chair, celebrated Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan.
Dinner proceeds established “The Robert Lantos Scholarship Fund” for students enrolled in the University’s Israel advocacy program,