Outfest on the Red Carpet

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 08 2011 5:15 PM ET

Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, who are engaged to be married in New York, were at opening night for Outfest. This year there are 163 films — 67 features and 96 shorts, to be specific — from 25 countries. Here are our choices for some of this year's don't-miss movies.NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND HUSBAND 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMBilly B.BILLY B 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMChaz Bono.CHAZ BONO OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMDancer Travis Wall.DANCER TRAVIS WALL OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMOne of the most buzzed-about performers this year is newcomer Harmony Santana, a young transgender actress who is unforgettable in the opening night selection, Gun Hill Road.HARMONY SANTANA OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMActress Judy Reyes.JUDY REYES OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM To make the opening especially memorable, drag maven RuPaul presented the Outfest Achievement Award to accomplished producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Here RuPaul arrives with actress Maria Conchita Alonso.RU PAUL AND MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMProducers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are the duo responsible for an
impressive list of documentaries, including this year's groundbreaking Becoming Chaz. FENTON BAILY RANDY BARBATO 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMActor Wilmer Valderrama.WILMER VALDERRAMA OUTFEST (560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMActor Rex Lee.REX LEE 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMDavid Ross.DAVID ROSS OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMTV host Jai Rodriguez.JAI RODRIGUEZ 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMActor Michael C. Manning.MICHAEL C. MANNING OUTFEST 560px (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMTori Spelling.