Tom Bernard
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United States

Sony Pictures Classics


Co-Founder / Co-President

Bernard is a legend in the global film industry, in tandem with his Sony Pictures Classics co-president/co-founder, Michael Barker. Over a long career that began at United Artists in 1980 and continued at Orion Classics, which he also co-founded with Barker, his films have received more than 160 Oscar noms, including several for best picture — “Whiplash,” “Amour,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” More recently, SPC won best adapted screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name” and best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman.” While many companies and executives enter the specialty-film space, not all live to tell. Their method of locking and loading commercially successful indies has proven itself successful time and again.


  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Orion Classics


  • University of Maryland–College Park (MD, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard on the History of Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard on the History of Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics co-president and co-founder Tom Bernard remembers when the Sundance Film Festival was just an idea at a meeting.According to Bernard, who attended his first Sundance Film Festival in 1985, a gathering of "futuristic characters," including Robert Redford, met to find a way to help people make films, thus laying the groundwork for the festival that it is today."Back then, all these people wanted to have a story to tell, and they had lots of money, but they...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Never give up..........”

What or who inspires you?

“Jean Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Jim Jarmusch, Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergio Leone, Errol Morris, Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, and John Ford.”

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