Moscow Cancels Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Image via QueerRussia

Image via QueerRussia

Moscow’s cultural committee has taken away funding from Moscow Premiere—an LGBT film festival that was set to take place September 4-7. The reasoning from the committee: Russia’s “difficult economic situation.” Though the anti-gay propaganda laws weren’t cited, the cultural committee seemed to have enough funding to replace Moscow Premiere with the Youth Festival of Life Affirming Films. This would have been the festival’s 13th year.

The only remaining gay and lesbian film festival is the Side by Side International Film Festival that takes place in St. Petersburg.


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