Helen Hunt's feature directorial debut Then She Found me and Stuart Townsend's activism drama Battle In Seattle bookend the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, set to run from Mar 27-Apr 6.

The centerpiece screenings are David Gordon Green's drama Snow Angels and Barry Levinson's comedy What Just Happened'

The 11-day festival will screen 210 features and shorts and among the key honours are the Target Ten Narrative and Target Ten Documentary Competition awards with two unrestricted cash prizes of $25,000.

The AFI Dallas Star Award presented annually to a select group of people in recognition of their 'unique contributions to cinema' will go to Hunt, Mickey Rooney, Todd Wagner, Charlize Theron and the late Jack Lemmon. Ice Age director Chris Wedge will receive the Tex Avery Animation Award. The festival will be dedicated to benefactor Nancy Hamon and the memory of her late husband Jake.

Eight films will receive world premieres: King Hollis' Bowling For Soup - Live And Very Attractive; P J Bagley's Fat Man Walking; Russ Pond's Fissure; Mike Pasley's Frag; Jeffrey Goodman's The Last Lullaby; Kelly Nykes' Split: A Divided America; Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum's Stop The Presses: The American Newspaper In Peril; and Jason Wulfsohn's Tracing Cowboys.

Nick Broomfield's Battle For Haditha, Scott Hicks' Glass: A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts, Daniel Junge's Iron Ladies Of Liberia and Michael Albright's Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake receive their US premieres.

The roster includes Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin's Nim's Island, Daniele Luchetti's My Brother Is An Only Child, Garth Jennings' Son Of Rambow, Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass' Baghead, Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor, Diego Luna's JC Chavez and Stuart Gordon's Stuck.

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