Steven Sawalich's Vietnam veteran saga Music Within and Sarah Polley's Alzheimer's tale Away From Her bookend the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival, scheduled to run from Mar 22-Apr 1.

Overall 191 features and shorts will screen, with sponsor Target lining up two $25,000 prizes to the winners of the narrative and international documentary competitions.

The major festival categories will be narrative feature competition, international documentary competition, and documentary special presentation. Other sections include local film-maker showcases the Dallas Premiere Series and the Texas Competition, as well as spotlights on world cinema, mavericks and animation.

David Lynch's Inland Empire is the Centerpiece Screening. The lineup includes Olivier Dahan's recent Berlinale opener La Vie En Rose starring Marion Cotillard; Mark Verkerk's French-Dutch drama Buddha's Lost Children; spoof buddy movie Hot Fuzz from Shaun Of The Dead director Edgar Wright; and Nelson George's drama Life Support starring Queen Latifah.

The line-up continues with the drama Dark Matter starring Meryl Streep, Liu Ye and Aidan Quinn; Amy Talkington's comedy The Night Of The White Pants starring Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Selma Blair; Christopher Smith's comedy-horror Severance; and Andrew Currie's zombie comedy Fido.

The newly inaugurated AFI Dallas Star will be presented to Lauren Bacall, Jack Valenti, David Lynch, Laura Dern, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Sarah Polley, and to Veronique Peck on behalf of the late Gregory Peck on the 45th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird.

'From the outset, we decided we wanted the AFI Dallas International Film Festival to be a festival that puts films and film-makers on a pedestal - not unlike what the art world does with great art or a symphony does with great music,' festival founder Liener Temerlin said.

'We aspire to become a significant and very special festival by helping to make Dallas a city of film festivals, by supporting those festivals who came before and by recognising the heritage of film, film education through panels, guest speakers and by celebrating the art of films past and present via gala evenings, parties and receptions throughout the festival where film-makers and fans alike have the chance to meet and explore their love of film together.'