The 4th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 6 and September 15, 1979. Due to overcrowding in the prior year, the Gala presentations were moved from the 700-seat Towne Cinema to the 1,600-seat Elgin Theatre. The People's Choice Award was awarded to Best Boy by Ira Wohl, which later won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Hosted by||Toronto International Film Festival Group|
|Festival date||September 6, 1979–September 15, 1979|
|People's Choice Award||Best Boy||Ira Wohl|
This year The American Nightmare retrospective on American horror films was organized by Canadian critic Robin Wood and Richard Lippe. Brian De Palma and George A. Romero attended the retrospective as guests. Also this year Industry programme trade forum was started by festival, which continued till 1991. The festival featured a special programme of films from Sweden, with Jörn Donner, the head of the Swedish Film Institute, and nine Swedish filmmakers attending.
- ...And Justice for All. by Norman Jewison
- Black Jack by Ken Loach
- Fish Hawk by Donald Shebib
- The Heritage (Slægten) by Anders Refn
- Legend of the Mountain by King Hu
- Linus and the Mysterious Red Brick House (Linus eller Tegelhusets hemlighet) by Vilgot Sjöman
- Magicians of the Silver Screen (Báječní muži s klikou) by Jiří Menzel
- The Magician of Lublin by Menahem Golan
- A Man, a Woman, and a Bank by Noel Black
- The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
- The Onion Field by Harold Becker
- Orchestra Rehearsal (Prova d'orchestra) by Federico Fellini
- Quadrophenia by Franc Roddam
- Something Short of Paradise by David Helpern
- The Tempest by Derek Jarman
- Time After Time by Nicholas Meyer
- Us Two (À nous deux) by Claude Lelouch
- 50/50 by Uwe Brandner
- Bastien, Bastienne by Michel Andrieu
- Drugstore Romance by Paul Vecchiali
- Germany in Autumn (Deutschland im Herbst) by Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert and Bernhard Sinkel
- Knife in the Head (Messer im Kopf) by Reinhard Hauff
- Northern Lights by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson
- To an Unknown God (A un dios desconocido) by Jaime Chávarri
- To Be Sixteen (Avoir 16 ans) by Jean Pierre Lefebvre
- America's Sweetheart: The Mary Pickford Story by John Edwards
- Arthur Miller on Home Ground by Harry Rasky
- Blue Winter (L'hiver bleu) by André Blanchard
- Radio On by Christopher Petit
- The Sailor's Return by Jack Gold
- Scum by Alan Clarke
- Summer's Children by Julius Kohanyi
- Title Shot by Les Rose
- Best Boy by Ira Wohl
- Chiefs by Richard Leacock
- Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d'un été) by Jean Rouch
- The Drugstore by Joris Ivens
- The Football Incident (Une histoire de ballon) by Joris Ivens
- The Handmaidens of God (Les servantes du bon dieu) by Diane Létourneau
- Juvenile Court by Frederick Wiseman
- Juvenile Liaison by Nick Broomfield
- La La, Making It in L.A. by Frank Mouris and Caroline Mouris
- Les Raquetteurs by Michel Brault and Gilles Groulx
- Salesman by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
- Solzhenitsyn's Children Are Making a Lot of Noise in Paris by Michael Rubbo
- This Will Do for Today by Martin Lavut
- Dinner for Adele by Oldřich Lipský
- Let's Talk About Love (Parlez-nous d'amour) by Jean-Claude Lord
- Molière by Ariane Mnouchkine
- Stone Cold Dead by George Mendeluk
- Tierra y libertad by Maurice Bulbulian
- The Confessions of Amans by Gregory Nava
- Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! by Russ Meyer
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle by Peter Yates
- The Green Wall by Armando Robles Godoy
- Night Moves by Arthur Penn
- Ruby by Dick Bartlett
- The Scenic Route by Mark Rappaport
- The Super Inframan by Hua Shan
- Who's That Knocking at My Door by Martin Scorsese
- The Man on the Roof (Mannen på taket) by Bo Widerberg
- Men Can't Be Raped (Män kan inte våldtas) by Jörn Donner
- Near and Far Away (Långt borta och nära) by Marianne Ahrne
- One and One (En och en) by Erland Josephson, Sven Nykvist and Ingrid Thulin
- A Respectable Life (Ett anständigt liv) by Stefan Jarl
- The Score (Lyttet) by Christer Dahl
- Sven Klang's Combo (Sven Klangs kvintett) by Stellan Olsson
- A Walk in the Sun (En vandring i solen) by Hans Dahlberg
- The Walls of Freedom (Frihetens murar) by Marianne Ahrne
- Bye-Bye Bavaria! (Servus Bayern) by Herbert Achternbusch
- The Expulsion from Paradise (Die Vertreibung aus dem Paradies) by Niklaus Schilling
- The Main Actor (Der Hauptdarsteller) by Reinhard Hauff
- Moritz, Dear Moritz (Moritz, lieber Moritz) by Hark Bohm
- On the Move (Die Abfahrer) by Adolf Winkelmann
A tribute program to Canadian actress and filmmaker Luce Guilbeault, featuring both films in which she performed and films she directed.
- Denyse Benoît, comedienne by Luce Guilbeault
- D'abord ménagères by Luce Guilbeault
- Passages by Nesya Shapiro Blue
- Réjeanne Padovani by Denys Arcand
- Some American Feminists by Luce Guilbeault
Films directed by Marguerite Duras.
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