1979 Toronto International Film Festival

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.[1] The People's Choice Award was awarded to Best Boy by Ira Wohl, which later won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

1979 Toronto International Film Festival
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Festival poster
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted byToronto International Film Festival Group
Festival dateSeptember 6, 1979 (1979-09-06)–September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)


Award[2][3] Film Director
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.[4] Brian De Palma and George A. Romero attended the retrospective as guests.[5][6] Also this year Industry programme trade forum was started by festival, which continued till 1991.[4] 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.[1]

Gala PresentationsEdit

Critics ChoiceEdit

New DirectionsEdit


Special ScreeningsEdit

Buried TreasuresEdit

Swedish CinemaEdit

German CinemaEdit

Luce GuilbeaultEdit

A tribute program to Canadian actress and filmmaker Luce Guilbeault, featuring both films in which she performed and films she directed.

Marguerite DurasEdit

Films directed by Marguerite Duras.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Adilman, Sid (September 12, 1979). "Strong Opening For Toronto Festival". Variety. p. 7.
  2. ^ "TIFF Awards" Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. tiff.net, October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "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 14, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "TIFF History". Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "A brief history of TIFF". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Taking a look back at TIFF". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx Jay Scott, "Festival of Festivals a film bonanza". The Globe and Mail, September 1, 1979.
  8. ^ "1979 Toronto International Film Festival". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  9. ^ "TIFF People's Choice prize heralds film industry kudos". CBC News. Retrieved October 14, 2013.

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