The world premiere of Danny Ledonne's Playing Columbine and the North American premieres of Margarita Jimeno's Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, Rodrigo Pla's The Desert Within and Fernando Eimbcke's Lake Tahoe are among the first 15 titles announced for the AFI FEST 2008, set to run in Los Angeles from October 30-November 9.

Playing Columbine examines the controversy stirred up by the video game Super Columbine Massacre RPG. Gogol Bordello Non-Stop looks at the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello and its frontman Eugene Hutz.

The Desert Within centres on a man who believes he has been ordered by god to build a church in the desert, while Lake Tahoe follows a man's encounters with the bizarre inhabitants of a small town in Yucatan as he searches for replacement parts for his car.

The initial line-up includes ten titles that will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival: Paul Schrader's Holocaust drama Adam Resurrected; Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale (Un Conte De Noel); Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah; Kim Jee Woon's The Good, The Bad And The Weird; Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den; Lisandro Alonso's Liverpool; Yulene Olaizola's Shakespeare And Victor Hugo's Intimacies; Anthony Fabian's Skin; Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir; and Kelly Reichardt's Wendy And Lucy.

'These films represent remarkably unique views of our world from newer artists like Matteo Garrone, Ari Folman, Kelly Reichardt and Lisandro Alonso to the more established voices such as Arnaud Desplechin and Paul Schrader,' AFI FEST artistic director Rose Kuo said. 'They are films that have either already been celebrated and talked about at film festivals, internationally, or are sure to inspire enthusiastic discussion and debate at ours.'