Toronto Film Festival in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1976-10-24 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • 1977-09-18 2nd Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • 1978-09-21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1979-09-15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1980-09-13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1981-09-19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1982-09-18 7th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tempest" directed by Paul Mazursky wins the People's Choice Award

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1983-09-17 8th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Big Chill" directed by Lawrence Kasdan wins the People's Choice Award

  • 1984-09-15 9th Toronto International Film Festival: "Places in the Heart" directed by Robert Benton wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1985-09-14 10th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Official Story" directed by Luis Puenzo wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1986-09-13 11th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Decline of the American Empire" directed by Denys Arcand wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1987-09-19 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1988-09-17 13th Toronto International Film Festival: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" directed by Pedro Almodovar wins the People's Choice Award

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1989-09-16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award

  • 1990-09-15 15th Toronto International Film Festival: "Cyrano de Bergerac" directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1991-09-14 16th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Fisher King" directed by Terry Gilliam wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1992-09-19 17th Toronto International Film Festival: "Strictly Ballroom" directed by Baz Luhrmann wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1993-09-18 18th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Snapper" directed by Stephen Frears wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1994-09-17 19th Toronto International Film Festival: "Priest" directed by Antonia Bird wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1995-09-16 20th Toronto International Film Festival: "Antonia's Line" directed by Marleen Gorris wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1996-09-14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1997-09-13 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award

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1998-09-19 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

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1999-09-18 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award

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2000-09-16 25th Toronto International Film Festival: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" directed by Ang Lee wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2001-09-15 26th Toronto International Film Festival: "Amelie" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2002-09-17 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2003-09-13 28th Toronto International Film Festival: "Zatoichi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins the People's Choice Award

Film Premiere

2004-09-10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • 2004-09-18 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2005-09-17 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award

Film Premiere

2006-09-07 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

  • 2006-09-16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2007-09-15 32nd Toronto International Film Festival: "Eastern Promises" directed by David Cronenberg wins the People's Choice Award

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2008-09-13 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award

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2009-09-19 34th Toronto International Film Festival: "Precious" directed by Lee Daniels wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2010-09-19 35th Toronto International Film Festival: "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2011-09-18 36th Toronto International Film Festival: "Where Do We Go Now?" directed by Nadine Labaki wins the People's Choice Award (Drama)
  • 2012-09-16 37th Toronto International Film Festival: "Silver Linings Playbook" directed by David O. Russell wins the People's Choice Award

Film Premiere

2013-09-09 Barry Avrich’s film "Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story", about the life of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Film & TV History

2013-09-15 38th Toronto International Film Festival: "12 Years a Slave" directed by Steve McQueen wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2014-09-14 39th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Imitation Game" directed by Morten Tyldum wins the People's Choice Award

Film Premiere

2015-09-11 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Film Premiere

2018-09-11 Film "Green Book" directed by Peter Farrell and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Academy Award Best Picture 2019)

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2019-09-15 "Jojo Rabbit" directed by "Taika Waititi and starring Scarlett Johansson wins the top award at the Toronto Film Festival

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2022-09-18 Steven Spielberg's film "The Fabelmans" wins The People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival