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film submissions open!


In the autumn of each year the city of Saint Petersburg becomes the host for the annual Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, and in the spring - Moscow. The festivals run for an eight- or four-day period (respectively), giving the opportunity for audiences to see in the region of 50 LGBT films from around the world: Russia, Europe, the States, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia included!

entry rules:

In order to be environmentally friendly, save space and time please send an online screener to submission. With your entry please include film synopsis and press kit or promotion materials (if available). Feel free to use the submission form on the right hand side.

If you would like to send a DVD and hard copy materials please send to the address below:

Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival

Ligovsky prospect 87, office 625-3

Saint Petersburg, 191040

If you have any questions regarding submission please contact Manny de Guerre at the above e-mail address.

Due to the high level of submissions and volume of work we will only be able to contact you if the film is selected. If your film does not make the selection first time round your submission is kept on record and is considered for future programming.

Thank you for your understanding and good luck with your film entry!

! deadline 15 august 2020


knowledge is power!

Questions relating to LGBT rights and politics, sexual and gender identity are constantly developing and ever-moving forward. In order for our audiences to keep up with current and past debates, lexis, her/histories and cultural developments we have produced many Russian language brochures. In English we have several brochures available which can be read right here.

festival team

become part of the movement!

Side by Side LGBT Film Festival is a unifying force which takes place with the support of many people.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the LGBT movement and join our team.

A unique chance to meet inspiring people, celebrities from the world of cinema, test yourself in a new role and acquire skills!

As a team member you have exclusive access to seminars and trainings (in the field of human rights, activism, etc.), as well as present Side by Side at various Russian and international events including Pride marches and conferences!

Become a part of the film festival and stand up for the rights of LGBT people in Russia!

E-mail us and find out more!

partner with us

develop together!

From the outset Side by Side has striven to work with a broad range of individuals, groups, initiatives and organisations both from the commercial and non-commercial sector. We are interested in creating long term, fruitful cooperation and over the years we have worked with many high profile business partners and well-known brands - cosmetics LUSH, chocolate Lindt, hotels Azimut, Astoria, coffee houses Doubleby, Coffeebean, vegan restaurant Ukrop, lemonade WOSTOK and many others.

Change the world together - side by side!

Interested? E-mail us right now!

donate to side by side!


help side by side become better!

An expensive, but very valuable undertaking.

Organising a film festival is not cheap and the average cost of holding a days event can cost as much as 4-5000 Euros. These costs relate to film licenses, translation, security, venue hire and equipment.

Working since 2007 Side by Side LGBT Film Festival has been one of the key actors in helping to bring around change and break the silence on LGBT issues, stimulating dialogue and discussion within the Russian public domain.

If you would like to support our work, please make a donation right now!

All proceeds go towards festival costs and legal representation. All donations, large or small, are gratefully received and put towards fighting for the rights of the LGBT community in Russia.

All support - big or small - appreciated.

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archive 2008 - 2019


festivals, articles, news and more, 2008 - 2019

Side by Side attempted to hold the first film festival in 2008. Since that time we have experienced a great deal: being part of and witnessing the rise of the LGBT movement in Russia, the strengthening of state homophobia, giving rise to increased levels of violence, attack and persistent levels of harassment and attempts to stop the work of the festival.

If you would like to know more, take a look at our archived site detailing all our work up until 2019.

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