The South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off in a big way tonight with the premiere of the highly anticipated "The Cabin in the Woods," written and produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard.

The red carpet arrivals at the Paramount Theatre, which begin around 6 p.m., will include Whedon and Goddard as well as actors Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Kristen Connolly and Anna Hutchison.

The movie, which focuses on five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods and find far more than pastoral tranquility, has been getting strong buzz after a sneak peek screening at Harry Knowles' Butt-Numb-a-Thon in December.

But people who don't want to spend an hour in the inevitably long line for "Cabin" have other choices.

At 6:15 p.m. at the Alamo South, actor Matthew Lillard will be making his feature film directorial debut with "Fat Kid Rules the World," a tale of a suicidal teen who begins a friendship with a high-school dropout.

Lillard will walk the red carpet for the premiere with actors Jacob Wysocki, Billy Campbell and Matt O'Leary. Wysocki starred in the 2011 coming-of-age comedy "Terri" with John C. Reilly.

Other big events include the 6 p.m. premiere at the Alamo South of "The Last Fall," with star Lance A. Gross and director/writer Matthew A. Cherry on the red carpet; and the 7:30 p.m. screening of "Electrick Children" at Stateside, with a red carpet featuring Julia Garner, Rory Culkin and director/writer Rebecca Thomas.

Foreign-language film fans might want to check out the Argentine gangster flick "Pompeya" at 9:30 p.m. at the Violet Crown. People attending the Interactive event, however, might want to see "Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies" at the 9:45 p.m. at the Vimeo. "Wikileaks" is an award-winning documentary that goes inside the uproar over documents released by Wikileaks and features an interview with founder Julian Assange.

And for those who are still watching movies around midnight, the biggest buzz of the evening surrounds "Girls Against Boys," screening at 11:59 p.m. at the Alamo Ritz.

Directed by Austin Chick, "Girls Against Boys" is described as "taboo breaking cinema." It stars Danielle Panabaker as a Hunter College student who is raped after moving to New York, then decides to take revenge during a weekend of murder and mayhem.

If you're looking for more help in planning your day of movie-going, here's an hour-by-hour guide to screenings and panels.

Contact Charles Ealy at 445-3931.