The 1st Dublin International Film Festival has announced a €100,000 sponsorship deal with Jameson Irish Whiskey and unveiled some of the confirmed highlights for this year.

Festival CEO Rory Concannon announced screenings of the following films:

- Alan Parker's Captial punishment drama, 'The Life of David Gale', starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. Parker will introduce the film and also take part in a public interview.

- Irish director Damien O'Donnell's 'Heartlands', starring Michael Sheen as a naïve man who goes on a journey of self-discovery through the north of England.

- 'The Heart of Me', Irish director Thaddeus O'Sullivan's 1930's tale of sexual and romantic intrigue in the London Upper classes, starring Helena Bonham Carter.

- 'In America', from Ireland's Jim Sheridan is a semi-autobiographical story about a family's move to New York after the tragic death of one of their children. It stars Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine and will be presented by the director.

The line-up will also feature controversial Mexican film 'The Crime of Father Amaro'.

The Jameson/DIFF deal is one of the largest business sponsorships of the arts in recent years.

The festival will feature around 70 titles to be screened over eight days at the Screen Cinema, d’Olier Street, the Savoy Cinema O’Connell Street and the Irish Film Centre in Temple Bar from 6 to 13 March.