We have a range of souvenirs available for you to purchase at the Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival online store. The proceeds generated from sales are channeled back into the film festival and help us to meet our organizational running costs. This is your chance to support Russia’s first annual LGBT film festival and help bring change to the lives of LGBT persons together Side by Side.


Side by Side Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) International Film Festival aims to establish free open cultural spaces in which homosexual and transgendered persons are able to affirm, question and extend their identities. We call for the elimination of all forms of discrimination and inequality based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and gender expression. Through the medium of high-quality, intelligent film we seek to create a forum for discussion with society at large dismantling myths and obsolete stereotypes that continue to hamper the development of the LGBT community in Russia. By generating a positive dialogue we endeavor to facilitate change, fostering respect of human rights of LGBT persons and fundamentally bringing about greater tolerance and broader acceptance of sexual minority groups within Russian society today.