Later this week Nicole Kidman and Jonathan Teplitzky will walk before a wall of screaming photographers and reporters on the red carpet outside Toronto's space ship-like Roy Thomson Hall, slip into their seats in the theatre inside and take big, nervous breaths.
Across town at the same exact time, although in a smaller theatre and with a shorter red carpet and less cameras and microphones, first-time feature writer-director Sarah Spillane, along with her young Australian cast, veteran Jack Thompson and Hollywood actress Christina Ricci, will also take nervous gulps.
Kidman and director Teplitzky will be holding the world premiere on Friday for The Railway Man, a film shot in Queensland and Scotland that, if accepted by the audience inside the Roy Thomson Hall, will launch Oscar campaigns for the Australian duo.
Over at the Scotiabank cinema, Spillane & Co will be holding the world premiere for Around the Block, a drama set in Sydney's Redfern that could also catapult the film into Hollywood awards season.
The Railway Man and Around the Block are just two of 366 films that will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival from September 5 to 15.
There will be 146 world premieres, including the Julian Assange-WikiLeaks dramatic thriller The Fifth Estate, which opens the festival on Thursday.
Toronto has become one of the most significant film festivals on the planet, attracting Hollywood studio executives armed with cheque books and eager to buy the rights to the potential next best picture Oscar winner.
Australian movies, filmmakers and actors look set to dominate the festival.
Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), Chris Hemsworth (Rush), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks and The Double), Toni Collette (Enough Said and Lucky Them), Guy Pearce (Hateship Loveship), Joel Edgerton (Felony), Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up) and Ryan Kwanten (Mystery Road) are among the A-List talent who will walk red carpets, or have films showing, in Toronto.
"There was such a vast pool of Australian films to choose from this year," Toronto Film Festival programmer Jane Schoettle told AAP.
In March or April of each year, Schoettle flies to Australia to view new films and speak with directors and producers.
It is her job to find the gems and invite the films to Toronto, making her one of the most powerful figures for the Australian film industry.
"I'm looking for unique voices, stories that reflect Australia and its vastly diverse sensibilities and something that brings the culture there to the audiences here in North America," Schoettle said.
Among the gems she found this year were Spillane's Around the Block and another young Australian director's first-time feature film, Canopy, about an Australian airman shot down in the jungles of Singapore during World War II.
"What's really unique about it is the remarkable level of the craft engaged in it," Schoettle said of Canopy, directed by Aaron Wilson and starring Khan Chittenden.
"There's probably only about six words of dialogue in the entire film but the cinematography is so vibrant and the soundscape is unlike anything I have heard in recent memory."