Producer, Director, Journalist, and Writer, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during a 50-year career. Raymont’s films have been honoured with 52 international awards including 13 Geminis (45 nominations), Gold and Silver Hugos and The Sesterce d’Argent, among others.
His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Raymont is the Executive Producer and co-creator of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 X 1 hr), produced for the CBC, sold to over 25 broadcasters. And the highly-rated CBC drama series Cracked (21 X 1 hr) was broadcast in 30 countries.
Raymont’s films are often provocative investigations of “hidden worlds” in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice. A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Long Form Documentary. They both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Academy of Canadian Cinema’s Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary.
Genius Within, co-directed by long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, was released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia. Raymont recently co-directed and co-produced Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power and was Executive Producer on Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, selected as the opening night film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and 2019 DOCNYC. Once Were Brothers was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power and Toxic Beauty (2019) screened to sold out audiences worldwide.
In 2019, Peter was honoured with the Don Haig Award at Hot Docs Film Festival which recognizes a Canadian filmmaker with a significant body of work and a history of mentoring Canadian filmmakers.