1981 Toronto International Film Festival

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1981 Toronto International Film Festival
1981 Toronto International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening film Ticket to Heaven
Closing film Threshold
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by Toronto International Film Festival Group
Festival date September 10, 1981 (1981-09-10)–September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
Language English
Website tiff.net

The 6th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 10 and September 19, 1981. The festival screened films from more than twenty different countries. Ticket to Heaven, a Canadian film, was selected as the opening film. Another Canadian film, Threshold, was chosen as the closing film.[1] The People's Choice Award was awarded to Chariots of Fire, directed by Hugh Hudson; the film later won an Oscar for Best Picture.[2]

The Canadian documentary Not a Love Story, about the pornography industry, was also featured at the festival. Initially it was banned by the Ontario Censor Board, but later they allowed a single screening of film during the festival. With all the media attention surrounding this decision, public interest in the film increased. However, the Censor Board refused to permit a second screening of the film.[3][4][5]


Award[6][7] Film Director
People's Choice Award Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson


Gala presentation[edit]

Canadian cinema[edit]



  1. ^ "Toronto's film festival: international and Canadians - Digital Archives". CBC. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Taking a look back at TIFF". Canoe. Archived from the original on 2014-12-12. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bradburn, Jamie (2013-09-09). "Censoring the Toronto International Film Festival". Torontoist. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cole, Janis. "Bonnie Sherr Klein". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. ^ Wyndham Wise, ed. (2001-09-08). "Not a Love Story". Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. University of Toronto Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-0802083982. 
  6. ^ "TIFF Awards" Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.. tiff.net. Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "TIFF People's Choice prize heralds film industry kudos". CBC. 2013-09-16. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Balkissoon, Indira (2013-09-04). "The TFS List: TIFF's greatest success stories". Toronto Film Scene. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

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