NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2009 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), the official airline sponsor of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival taking place April 22 through May 3, continues to support emerging filmmakers and independent film through the airline’s third annual national film competition: Delta’s Fly-In Movies. 

Five short film finalists were selected by programmers of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival from thousands of entries. From March 1 through April 12, Delta customers on flights equipped with Delta on Demand, the airline’s personal, seatback in-flight entertainment system, can view all five short films for free. The films also will be available for viewing at where customers can rate each film from their own internet connection or at 30,000 feet on Delta aircraft equipped with Gogo® in-flight Wi-Fi. The film rated highest by viewers will be featured in the Tribeca Film Festival’s Short Film Program. 

"Given our global reach and diversity, Delta’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival is a natural fit,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president of New York. "Through the third annual Delta’s Fly-In Movies Competition, it’s exciting to have our diverse customer base screen these five original works and ultimately select the winning entry to be featured at this Festival promoting talent from around the world.”

“The five works – all moving, funny and powerful in their own way – embody a broad range of genres in the craft of short storytelling. The films exemplify high levels of filmmaking as each succinctly takes the audience through a complete emotional journey,” said Maggie Kim, Shorts Programmer for Tribeca Film Festival. “We would be proud to select each of these works for the Tribeca Film Festival but are excited to engage our audiences with this unique opportunity to play a role in shaping our program.”

The five films in competition include:

  • “Cold Calls” by Jack Daniel Stanley: In this 80’s spoof, a woman receives increasingly bizarre phone solicitations from an obsessive telemarketer.
  • “Eight Percent” by Alexander Poe: Two high school exes meet up ten years later on an awkward date.
  • “Gerald’s Last Day” by Justin Rasch and Shel Rasch: Gerald the dog has been scheduled for his termination by the dog pound at 5 p.m. Can he seduce a potential adopter before his time runs out?
  • “The Green Film” by Andrew Williamson: It's not easy being green—especially when you're a filmmaker. So how do you make the greenest movie of all time? Watch and learn.
  • “Locks” by Ryan Coogler: Dante wears his hair in dreadlocks. When he goes to the local barbershop, we see into his heartbreaking home life and learn how big his heart is.

As part of Delta’s Fly-In Movies competition, the airline will fly all six filmmakers to New York City during the Tribeca Film Festival to attend a celebration hosted by Delta and the Festival where the winning film will be announced. In addition, the winning filmmaker will receive a pair of round-trip tickets for travel in BusinessElite, Delta’s international business class, anywhere Delta flies worldwide. 

Through Delta on Demand, customers can enjoy live television, HBO programming, first-run and popular classic movies, a broad range of music, and a suite of 10 video games. Additionally, the airline’s Gogo In-Flight Internet service offers customers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), access to the Internet, corporate virtual private networks (VPNs), corporate and personal e-mail accounts, and SMS texting and instant messaging services.

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