Call for Entires: Salon des Refusés Summer 2014

We are currently accepting entries for our Summer Salon in New York City. We accept documentaries, animations, experimental films, music videos and fiction shorts from anywhere in the world, as long as they’re less than an hour long and have been rejected from at least one festival. In order to submit please email with the subject line “2014 SUBMISSIONS”, and include the following information



Country of Production


Festivals from which you’ve been rejected

Festivals to which you’ve been accepted

Your contact details

A link to where we can watch your film online

Sadly, we cannot accept DVD screeners as our programming team is spread across North and South America. However, should your film be accepted we will require you to send us an NTSC DVD screening copy. The deadline for submissions is Monday 26 May 2014. 

We can’t wait to see your films!

Kirsty & Chloë


We’re delighted to announce the full line-up for our first screening in New York City. For this very special occasion we’ve hand-picked a selection of outstanding shorts which we consider to be the highlights of the Salon’s five year history. Can you believe we’re already five years old? The screening will be hosted by Jack Chiles Gallery, 481 Broadway, Floor 4, New York at 19:30 and feature films from:

BITCH [dir. Lilah Vandenburgh, 2006, USA, 16mins]

THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD [dir. Will Anderson, 2012, UK,16mins]

SECOND COUSINS ONCE REMOVED [dir. Eliza Hitmman, 2010 USA, 11mins]

MUM’S NOT IN [dir. Claire Fowler, 2011, UK, 6mins]

THE TRIP [dir. Bartosz Kruhlik, 2010, Poland, 13mins]

THE HALF-LIGHT [dir. Prasanna Puwanarajah, 2011, UK, 13mins] 

EARLY BIRDS [dir. Jeroen Bogaert, 2012, Belgium, 21mins]


We’re delighted to announce that our next event, hosted by Jack Chiles, will take place in NEW YORK CITY on Thursday 20 March. Please watch this space for further information.


As you all know, Salon des Refuses is curating a programme of rejected shorts for Cine East as part of the East End Film Festival, and here are the details you’ve all been waiting for! The screening will of course be FREE and will take place at 3pm at Juno on Shoreditch High Street. See you all there!


We are delighted to announce that the next Salon will take place on JULY 1ST. The event will be part of the Cine-East strand of the East End Film Festival and will feature a selection of shorts which were not accepted into the official programme. More details to follow but get that date in your diaries!

Recommended reading

  1.  We’d strongly recommend taking a look at Phil Ilson’s article “Film Curating in the 21st Century : A Personal View” a great snapshot of what’s happening now in terms of independent film curation, and where it all started. Oh and we might get a mention in there too..
  2. If you’d like to know more about how the Salon got started and what we’re all about, take a look at the interview on The Scrawlers, between Kirsty Dootson and Nicola Merrifield. 

Salon des Refuses at Flatpack Festival

We are extremely excited to annouce that for our next Salon event, we will be screening a selection of shorts rejected by Flatpack Festival in Birmingham. For full programme listings (well worth a trip to Birmingham for, we promise!) see here, but our event will be


 Oh and as usual, it’s totally free. Hoping to see our Midlands contingent there! 

Feedback from February Submissions

For those of you still awaiting feedback from the February Salon, it will be with you soon. Sorry to keep you waiting!!


We are proud to announce that our programme of refusés screening THIS Saturday at the Shortwave Cinema will include the following gems:

THE HALF LIGHT, dir Prasanna Puwanarajah (UK, 13 mins) - A man yearning for a touch of the past searches for a simple beacon of tungsten light in a darkened world, under-lit by energy-saving lightbulbs.

VANISHING, dir Bartosz Kruhlik (Poland, 20 mins) - A teenage boy’s disappearance uncovers some painful family truths.

THE FOX, dir Tony Burke (UK, 4 mins) - A lonely God-fearing spinster is woken in the middle of the night by a fox’s distant and eerie mating calls. She decides to join in.

OUR ORDERED LIVES, dir Christine Entwhistle (UK, 10 mins) - A young girl solemnly carries out an act of love.

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, dir Andrew Brand (UK, 15 mins) - A couple’s troubled relationship collides with a stranger’s good intentions.

BENCH SEAT, dir Anna Mastro (USA, 19 mins) - A teenage couple’s failure to communicate is set against the glossy background of a real-life high school musical.