Manny de Guerre founded Russia’s Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival and, over the last 8 years, has been responsible for overseeing its direction and management. She received the GLAAD inaugural International Advocate for Change Award in 2014.
Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival was founded in the summer of 2007 in Saint Petersburg. The first Side by Side took place in October 2008 and was disrupted, forcing the organisers to hold screenings and discussions at a secret location. Side by Side continues to operate and is committed to continuing to advocate for human rights and the development of a society in which LGBT people and individual freedom are both respected and protected.