Summit to take place Dec. 5 at the Sofitel in Los Angeles

Tom Bernard will be center-stage for the morning keynote conversation at Variety’s Future of Film Summit Dec. 5 at the Sofitel in Los Angeles.

Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, has helped define the world of specialty films in the last 30 years. Sony Classics films have received 126 Academy Award nominations and 29 wins, including five for documentary and 12 for foreign-language film (including this year’s “A Separation”).

Upcoming pics include “Rust and Bone,” “West of Memphis,” “Amour,” “The Gatekeepers” and “No,” while 2013 releases include films by Robert Redford, Pedro Almodovar, Ramin Bahrani and Susanne Bier.

Before the 1992 launch of Sony Classics, Bernard worked as an exec at United Artists and co-founded Orion Classics.

In a previously announced afternoon keynote conversation, multihyphenate Kevin Smith will join KROQ’s Ralph Garman. Additional participants at Variety’s summit include Chris Bender and JC Spink, Jason Blum, Danielle DePalma, Jeffrey Godsick, Marc Lieberman, Scott Parish, Elias Plishner, Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, David Shaheen, Brian Stearns, Jim Stern, Danielle Strle, Tucker Tooley and Larry Wasserman.

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