Stars walk red carpet at Austin Film Festival

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on October 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 8:42 AM

AUSTIN -- It was a busy weekend downtown as thousands attended events for the Austin Film Festival.

It's the 20th anniversary of AFF, and people say it feels bigger every year. Saturday night crowds enjoyed movie screenings at the Paramount and the State Theater, bringing fans and stars to Congress Avenue.

At the Paramount, "Cavemen" was shown, but not everyone waited in line to see the movie.

"To see Chad Michael Murray," said die-hard fan Conner Smith. "Because I love him."

You might know him from movies like "A Cinderella Story" or the television series "One Tree Hill."

"Loving the city, love the people," actor Murray said.

This week Murray is in Austin promoting his new film.

"It's a fantastic story about how four guys live their lives very different, and I think we can suck you in with the guy story, but it becomes a chick flick a little, bit of a romance, so I think you'll dig it. Light hearted, fun," Murray said.

"It's a great date movie, great date movie," said writer and director Herschel Faber.

Faber says this has come full circle. In 2000 the "Cavemen" screenplay was a semi-finalist at the festival.

"This is where it all began for me. It's the first time as a writer I had that validation that what I had on the page was good," Faber explained.

"I'm hoping that Cavemen will ring my bell," said festival attendee Bobby Costello.

Costello says he's been coming to the Austin Film Festival since it started.

"Crowds, lines but it has grown exponentially along with the film industry, and we know how that's boomed," he described.

The festival brings in about $9 million to the city and about 20,000 people will attend.

"It's one of my favorite times of the year, it really is," Costello said.

Susan Sarandon and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan also attended the festival Saturday. Will Ferrell was there Sunday.

Go here for more of KVUE's coverage of the Austin Film Festival.

Get more information about the festival at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

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