Sydney is set to host the world’s largest cinema festival in 2020, as part of a $200 million investment by film company Warner Bros. and the Australian Government.
The International Cinema Forum will run from November 4-12 at the Sydney Opera House, and includes films from the world of cinema, such as La La Land, Wonder Woman, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The event will include events in Sydney’s historic CBD, as well as other major venues across Australia.
Warner Bros. will also partner with the Royal Opera House in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the city,” Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in a statement.
“The ICP will be a world-class event and the world is watching.
We’re excited to partner with this community to create an unforgettable experience for everyone.”
Warner has been in talks with the city about staging the event in Sydney, and Tsujika said the company was working closely with city authorities to ensure the event will be well attended.
“Warner is committed to ensuring that the International Cinema Festival in Sydney is an event of great quality and interest,” he said.
“This is a unique opportunity for the world-renowned company to showcase some of its finest work.”
A spokesman for the Australian Film Commission, which oversees the country’s film industry, said it was not yet certain if Warner Bros would be able to attend the event.
“The ACT has a robust film and television industry, and is one of the world leaders in the global production of cinema films,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement.
Warner will not be attending the event as it has not signed up to the ACT Film and Television Code of Conduct.
Tsujihara stressed the importance of the ICP to the city’s cultural life.
“This event is one more example of the city and the people’s commitment to the arts,” he wrote.
Australia’s film industries have been on the brink of collapse since 2015, when the global downturn forced many of the countrys biggest film studios to close.
It is the second-largest film festival in the world behind Cannes, which is held in France.