1978 Toronto International Film Festival

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 was well publicised, increasing interest in the film, in turn boosting ticket 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]

1978 Toronto International Film Festival
1978 Toronto International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening filmIn Praise of Older Women[1]
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted byToronto International Film Festival Group
No. of films85 feature films
Festival dateSeptember 14, 1978 (1978-09-14)–September 21, 1978 (1978-09-21)

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 PresentationEdit

Canadian CinemaEdit



  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". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "TIFF Awards" Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. tiff.net, October 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award Should Set Pattern for Public Deciding Best Film at Film Festivals". Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved October 13, 2013.

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