Canadian producer Robert Lantos has officially unveiled his new international and domestic film distribution enterpriese, Maximum Films International and Maximum Film Distribution.

As previously tipped on Screendaily, former Celluloid Dreams managing director Charlotte Mickie will head the former while veteran Canadian industry executive Tony Cianciotta will head the latter. Both were key executives for Lantos during his years at Alliance Communications.

In making the announcement, Maximum also unveiled its initial slate, including Opening Night title Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg and Santosh Sivan's Before The Rain as well as upcoming productions Real Time, directed by Randall Cole and produced by former Serendipity Point producer Julia Rosenberg, Adoration written and directed by Atom Egoyan, which starts shooting September 17 and Cold Souls, written and directed by Sophie Barthes and starring Paul Giamatti.

On the domestic front, Cianciotta will have a mandate to pre-buy or acquire Canadian rights through output deals or individually for distribution in French and English across Canada. Maximum's initial Canadian release slate will include Fugitive Pieces, Cannes 2007 Camera D'Or winner Jelly Fish, Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute as well as the Egoyan, Sivan and Barthes titles.

Indeed, Maximum first output deal is with IFC Films, for the Canadian rights to all of its feature films. Upcoming films to be distributed in Canada include Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Flight of the Red Balloon and Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park.

Long-time Lantos associate Mark Musselman will oversee business affairs for both the international and domestic operations working alongside Mickie and Cianciotta.