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Salon des RefusÚs Atlantique 2003
What's a Salon des RefusÚs?


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What the heck is the "Salon des Refuses Atlantique"?

The first Salon des Refuses was held way back in 1863 in France. Works which failed to satisfy the accepted definition of "art" at that time, were deemed dangerously subversive by the cultural elite and excluded from art exhibits.

Eventually, rejected artists made enough of a stink to get Napoleon III to set up the Salon des Refuses, finally giving them too the opportunity to strut their stuff.

In celebration of the original Salon, the Salon des Refuses Atlantique, established in 2001, provides a venue for video and film makers, rejected by the Atlantic Film Festival, to screen their work.

There is no official selection of work screened at the Salon. Instead, the Salon is "programmed" by randomly drawing submitted Atlantic Film Festival rejection letters from a lottery. The pile of letters drawn at the end of the day will be the works to be screened at the Salon.

How do I Apply?
Step 1: Apply to the Atlantic Film Festival (applications available at
Step 2: Get rejected.
Step 3: Send your rejection letter from the Atlantic Film Festival, along with a completed Salon application form, to the Salon office.
Step 4: Hope you are randomly selected to have your reject screened at the Salon.