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1981 Toronto International Film Festival

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Opening film  Ticket to Heaven
Language  English
Closing film  Threshold
1981 Toronto International Film Festival
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)

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. The People's Choice Award was awarded to Chariots of Fire, directed by Hugh Hudson; the film later won an Oscar for Best Picture.


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.

Gala presentation

  • Chariots of Fire by Hugh Hudson
  • Diva by Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Man of Iron by Andrzej Wajda
  • Montenegro by Dusan Makavejev
  • Malou by Jeanine Meerapfel
  • Cutter's Way by Ivan Passer
  • Cutting It Short by Jiří Menzel
  • The Contract by Krzysztof Zanussi
  • Neige Jean-Henri Roger & Juliet Berto
  • Canadian cinema

  • Ticket to Heaven by Ralph L. Thomas
  • Threshold by Richard Pearce
  • Heartaches by Donald Shebib
  • Documentaries

  • Not a Love Story by Bonnie Sherr Klein
  • References

    1981 Toronto International Film Festival Wikipedia

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