Screening in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay (in socially-distanced settings) and in Melbourne once conditions permit.
Opening this year's festival is the award-winning live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale Pinocchio, directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah and Dogman) and starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto.
Other highlights from the 2020 festival program include Marco Bellocchio's multi award-winning crime drama The Traitor (Il traditore), which was the big winner at Italy's 65th David di Donatello Awards - the country's equivalent of the Oscars.
There will also be Special Presentations of Ferzan Ozpetek's award-winning new film The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna), which features an all-star cast including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca; and Martin Eden from acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello.
Plus, audiences can escape to an Italian summer in comic trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo's hilarious tale of friendship I Hate Summer (Odio l'estate), in which three families accidentally book the same holiday rental.
With heartfelt dramas and hilarious comedies, this year's festival is set to transport cinemagoers to some amazing locations including Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cernobbio and Morocco. Never has there been a better time to escape to the cinema!