1978 Toronto International Film Festival

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1978 Toronto International Film Festival
1978 Toronto International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening film In Praise of Older Women[1]
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by Toronto International Film Festival Group
Number of films 85 feature films
Festival date September 14, 1978 (1978-09-14)–September 21, 1978 (1978-09-21)
Language English

The 3rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 14 and September 21, 1978. It showcased 85 films, the lowest number of films in the festival's history.[2][3] In Praise of Older Women directed by George Kaczender was selected as the opening film.[1] When the Ontario Film Review Board objected to a 40 second scene between Marilyn Lightstone and Tom Berenger, co-producer of the film Robert Lantos cut the scene for the theatrical run. Despite that, some of the TIFF staff managed to smuggle original uncut version of the film and run it into the theatre. The news got lots of publicity from press, which increased public interest in the film resulting in an increased number of tickets sales. Difficulties arose when audiences waiting outside the theatre noticed that each ticket admitted two person thus causing anger in the crowd. The audience who were not able to get seats during the first screening were invited to a later screening.[4][5] The People's Choice Award was introduced this year, which is given to a feature film chosen by a vote of the festival audience.[6]

Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby was banned by the OFRB, due to its sensitive subject matter.[5]


Award[7][8] Film Director
People's Choice Award Girlfriends Claudia Weill


Gala Presentation[edit]

Canadian Cinema[edit]



  1. ^ a b "TIFF: A history of opening nights". CBC News. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The TIFF 35th Anniversary Facts and Figures". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "In pictures: Toronto Film Festival history and highlights". BBC News. August 30, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Censoring the Toronto International Film Festival". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "From the Archives: a look back on TIFF’s most memorable moments". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "TIFF Awards". tiff.net, October 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award Should Set Pattern for Public Deciding Best Film at Film Festivals". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 

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