Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s biggest passenger carriers, has announced that it is to collaborate again with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) to showcase new film-making talent on-board its flights.

Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s biggest passenger carriers, has announced that it is to collaborate again with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) to showcase new film-making talent on-board its flights.

As part of the 2009 Festival in the Sky, 14 specially selected short films will appear on the airline’s screens over the next four months, all produced by NFTS graduates.

Passengers will be able to vote for their favourite until the end of June, when a shortlist of six will be decided.

This will be whittled down until a final winner is chosen, who will then receive Virgin Atlantic tickets, as well as having their film shown to as many as five million people.

Lysette Gauna, head of brand for the airline, said that it already has a reputation for excellent inflight entertainment.

“Through this new initiative our passengers will not only get a chance to see the best in new filmmaking but they will also help give the next Mike Leigh or Shane Meadows their first step up the ladder. We wish them all the best of luck,” she added.

Virgin offers trips to a number of destinations worldwide, but specialises in flights to Sydney, Hong Kong and New York.

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