Sydney will host the largest-ever film festival, as the country gears up for its biggest-ever outdoor event.
The first International Film Festival Sydney will be held at the city’s CBD from April 16 to May 1.
It will be open to the public, with screenings, events and exhibitions from July 9 to the first weekend in August.
The festival, set to include such films as the acclaimed film I Saw The Devil and The Devil’s Daughter, will be attended by more than 30,000 people from across the world.
It is being sponsored by the NSW Government and will be broadcast on ABC1 and ABC News24 on Saturday nights.
More than 2,000 exhibitors will be present at the event.
It will also be the first time the country has hosted an international film fest on a public holiday.
A film festival will mark the first public outdoor event of its kind, as well as a significant milestone in Sydney’s ongoing tourism boom.
Last year, the state recorded its highest numbers of visitor visits since the Victorian Government began providing visitor information on public transport in the early 1990s.
The state has been attracting an increasingly diverse and multicultural population for the last few years, with new communities forming on Sydney’s inner north and eastern beaches.
In October, the NSW government announced plans to expand public transport to accommodate an estimated 1.3 million tourists over the next four years.
“This will provide a significant boost to the state’s tourism sector and the tourism industry in the Sydney metropolitan area,” Tourism NSW chief executive Tim Paine said.
Tourism NSW also said the festival would provide a boost to Sydney’s international reputation as a destination for film-making.
In addition to films, the festival will include a variety of entertainment, music, arts and entertainment events, exhibitions and cultural activities.
It will be hosted by the Sydney Film Festival, which runs from September 4 to October 6.
Tickets to the festival cost $50 and include a complimentary glass of wine and a certificate of appreciation.