Salon des Refusés is a subversive experiment in short film curation with a simple philosophy: we only screen films rejected by other festivals. Our aim is to highlight the subjectivity of the programming process by drawing attention to the many superb shorts which we feel deserve to be celebrated and showcased, but have been denied entry to other festivals.

Salon des Refusés offers a provocative space to view these ‘refusés’ - films which may have been rejected from other festivals for being too long, too short, too similar, or too different, but which we think are outstanding. 

We accept documentaries, animations, fiction and experimental films from anywhere in the world  - as long as they’re less than an hour long. 

We have previously guest-curated strands at Flatpack Festival, The East End Film Festival, and the London Short Film Festival, among others. 


About the Salon team: 

Chloe Roddick is a journalist, programmer and festival producer currently based in Mexico City. Her credits include: Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Birds Eye View, London Short Film Festival, The Edinburgh International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. Her writing has been featured in Sight & Sound and Little White Lies.

Kirsty Dootson is a PhD student in History of Art, Film and Media Studies at Yale University. She is currently working as a research fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She previously worked for the London Film Festival, Future Shorts and the Film Department of the British Council. Her own film work has been screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Tate Britain, and her writing has been featured in The New Inquiry.