ATLANTA, Dec. 3, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), an official sponsor of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, continues its support of emerging filmmakers and independent film with Delta’s Fly-In Movies, the airline’s second annual national film competition. Beginning today through Jan. 15, 2008, the traveling and online public can view five original short films on delta.com and on Delta on Demand, the airline’s state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, and cast votes for their favorite to determine the winner.
"Delta is proud to support emerging filmmakers and independent film through our sponsorship of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the second annual Delta’s Fly-In Movies contest,” said Tim Mapes, vice president of Marketing for Delta. "Delta customers can view and vote for their favorite original work from these five creative filmmakers through state-of-the art technology online at delta.com and onboard Delta planes equipped with its digital in-flight entertainment system. We congratulate all five finalists in this year’s competition.”
As part of the second annual Delta’s Fly-In Movies contest, the five finalist filmmakers will receive a trip to Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival to attend a celebration hosted by Delta on Jan. 23, 2008 where the winning film and filmmaker will be announced. Based on collective votes, one filmmaker will receive a $10,000 cash award and a pair of round-trip tickets valid anywhere Delta flies worldwide. The Fly-In Movies contest is managed by Gen Art, a leading arts and entertainment organization dedicated to showcasing the best emerging talent in film, fashion, visual arts and music.
Last year, nearly 30,000 passengers viewed the five finalist films in-flight on Delta on Demand, and there were more than 70,000 viewings of the films at delta.com. In addition, Delta’s first Fly-In Movies winner, Phillip Van, who won for his film “High Maintenance,” was honored on June 9, 2007 with a silver medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 34th Annual Student Academy Awards® competition.
Film enthusiasts now have a front row seat to watch five inventive short films - each portraying a unique storyline - online at delta.com/flyinmovies, with videos powered by Veoh Networks, and on Delta on Demand for most customers traveling on transcontinental flights beginning today through Jan.15, 2008. These films include:
- “Slow” by Kurt Kuenne: a depiction of a traffic safety worker who is accidentally caught in the background of a newspaper photo drastically changing his life forever.
- Tales of a Mere Existence: Conversation” by Levni Yilmaz: how a simple trip to the video store can bring up everything that’s wrong with your relationship.
- “Ctrl Z” by Robert Kirbyson: starring Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) as Stuart Barnes, an office loner with a lifetime full of regrets, but his luck is about to change. When a computer malfunction offers him the chance to magically undo his life’s mistakes he takes full advantage, but how far is too far?
- “T’is the Season” by Bob Giovanelli: when a little girl goes to see Santa Claus she is disappointed to find he is on a break. Fortunately for her, she stumbles on a somewhat unorthodox replacement…
- “Morning Fall” by Edward McGinty: a mysterious man wakes up on the side of the road, injured and confused; Who is he? Where does he come from? And where will he end up when he can’t find his way home?
Through Delta on Demand, the airline’s in-flight entertainment system, customers traveling on most transcontinental flights between cities such as Salt Lake and New York can now enjoy more than 24 channels of live television, HBO programming, more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a broad range of music, and a suite of 10 video games.
About Gen Art
Gen Art is one of the leading arts and entertainment organizations dedicated to showcasing the best emerging talent in film, fashion, visual arts and music. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco, Gen Art has succeeded in launching the careers of many young filmmakers, fashion designers, visual artists and musicians, providing them with high-profile events that welcome industry and new audiences alike. Gen Art was founded in 1993 by Ian and Stefan Gerard. The organization has quickly become a leader in championing the talent of a new generation.
Gen Art's film program includes over 60 events each year including the Gen Art Film Festival which will be celebrating its 13th year in 2008, its national film screening program which includes over 40 film screenings across the country each year, its "Cinema Circle" program as well as various customized film programs like "Shorts by the Beach" and 2nd Annual Gen Art Chicago Film Festival (June 2008) that occur throughout the year.
About Veoh Networks
Named one of AdWeek’s Top 10 Digital Hotlist sites in 2007, Veoh Networks is an innovative Internet Television company that delivers broadcast-quality video programming via the Internet.
The Veoh Networks’ portfolio includes Veoh.com - one of the most popular video hosting services on the Internet with over 85,000 content publishers – from CBS, Lions Gate, PBS, NCAA Football, and Us Weekly to thousands of independent filmmakers and content producers – that currently attracts over 16 million unique users per month, and VeohTV – a free downloadable application that turns online video into Internet Television. VeohTV makes it easy to turn any computer into a digital video recorder that allows viewers to watch and record shows from thousands of Internet video sources. For advertisers, Veoh offers compelling ways of engaging with a targeted audience and measuring performance of their ad buys.
Veoh Networks is a privately held company that is backed by leading technology and media investors, including Goldman Sachs, Shelter Capital Partners, Spark Capital, Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, Time Warner Inc., Tom Freston’s Firefly3 LLC, and Jonathan Dolgen. The company’s principal offices are in Los Angeles and San Diego, California.
About The Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film. Held each January in and around Park City, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 17 - January 27, 2008.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 317 destinations in 55 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than any other major U.S. airline is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 35 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 479 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.