Virgin Atlantic has joined forces with the National Film and Television
School to showcase new film making talent onboard in its own Film Festival
in the Sky.
Over the next four months Virgin Atlantic will be screening 14 specially
selected short films on its inflight entertainment system. Passengers can
watch the films during their flight and then vote until the end of June to
compile a shortlist of six films that will be shown onboard for a further
three months. During this time the finalists will be assessed by a panel
of highly respected industry figures and a winner and two runners up will
be chosen. These three filmmakers will have their film screened onboard
for a further three months. The overall winner will receive Virgin
Atlantic tickets and have their next film shown onboard to a potential
audience of 5 million passengers.
The panel of judges consists of actress Brenda Blethyn, actor Nick Moran,
Stephen Woolley, former chairman of the British Academy, and Sue Lion,
Managing Director of the Encounters International Short Films Festival.
Nik Powell, Director of the NFTS, commented,
“It’s often hard for new filmmaking talent to get in front of
the public - or for the public to get to see the film and TV
makers of tomorrow before they become “names”. Virgin’s
onboard film festival is an inspired way to bring new
filmmakers and their future audience together, and I hope
everyone who views and votes enjoys the films as much as we
enjoyed picking them for this competition.”
Lysette Gauna, Head of Brand for Virgin Atlantic, commented,
“We are delighted to be working with the National Film and
Television School and supporting new up and coming film talent.
Virgin Atlantic has a reputation for award winning inflight
entertainment offering a wide variety of independent films and
documentaries in addition to the cinema blockbusters. Through
this new initiative our passengers will not only get a chance
to see the best in new filmmaking but they will also help the
celebrity judges give the next Mike Leigh or Shane Meadows
their first step up the ladder. We wish them all the best of
All passengers who view the short films need to send their nomination to
[email protected] All those who enter will have the opportunity to win
tickets to see the award winning hit musical, Billy Elliot, The Musical.
All Virgin Atlantic aircraft are fitted with personal seat back TV’s for
every passenger. V:Port, the latest in in-flight entertainment, has over
300 hours of Video and Audio on demand which allows passengers to stop,
start, fast forward and rewind all the action.