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|Opening film||In Praise of Older Women|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Hosted by||Toronto International Film Festival Group|
|No. of films||85 feature films|
|Festival date||September 14, 1978–September 21, 1978|
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. In Praise of Older Women directed by George Kaczender was selected as the opening film. 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 got lots of publicity from press, which increased public interest in the film resulting in an increased number of tickets 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. The People's Choice Award was introduced this year, which is given to a feature film chosen by a vote of the festival audience.
|People's Choice Award||Girlfriends||Claudia Weill|