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by Moderator June 2014 - last edited July

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If you could be seated next to a film character or celebrity on a plane journey, who would it be and why? Tell us your fantasy travel mate, and you could soon be attending an Edinburgh International Film Festival screening on us – find out more below.

The 68th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off next week and we're thrilled to be the Official Airline Partner for the event. As part of our involvement, we'll be flying many of the high profile industry figures and invited guests associated with this year's festival into Edinburgh, from 18–29 June 2014, on our domestic service Virgin Atlantic Little Red.

We'll also be sponsoring the EIFF Short Film programme and will present the Virgin Atlantic Little Red Award for the Best Short Film at the the festival, named in recognition of our Little Red domestic service which launched last year flying passengers from Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester to London Heathrow, then onto our worldwide destinations.

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"This is the first year we've worked with the EIFF and, with Virgin Atlantic's passion for providing great film and entertainment for our customers, it's a perfect fit for us as a partnership," said Lynne Isted, our Sponsorship Manager. "We're really looking forward to bringing a splash of red to Edinburgh – it's such a vibrant city and really key for Virgin Atlantic, especially since the launch of our domestic service Little Red last year."

Pure passion for film

Established in 1947, the EIFF has earned a reputation for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, fuelled by pure passion for movie making and an unwavering commitment to highlighting the most exciting and innovative new film talent. This year's festival features a hugely varied programme including gritty British drama We Are Monster, the revealing documentary Garnet's Gold, emotional Nordic award-winner Letter to the King, and the black-and-white, semi-biographical account of Dylan Thomas' New York years Set Fire to the Stars; the selected choice for this year's Gala Screening on 23 June.


Venues across the city will be hosting screenings, discussions, special events and live interviews with prominent actors and directors, including the home of EIFF, Filmhouse; the Festival Theatre Edinburgh who will continue to host the opening and closing night galas alongside additional events; the Cameo cinema who are the base for the Virgin Atlantic-sponsored shorts programme, and Cineworld Fountainpark, who will host around 50% of EIFF's screenings. Take a look at the Preview Reel below for a taste of what you can expect to see this year.

Win tickets to an EIFF screening

Want to experience the buzz and excitement of the film festival for yourself? To celebrate our involvement with the EIFF as Official Airline Partner and our sponsorship of the shorts programme, we're offering our readers the chance to win tickets to three of the featured films:


Adapted from a French graphic novel, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer is a highly-acclaimed post-apocalyptic action movie set in the near future after failed attempts to find a technological fix for global warming, which recently opened the Los Angeles Film Festival to much acclaim.

20:15 at Cineworld on 28th June 2014, 4 x pairs of tickets available to win.

Miss Zombie

Set in a frighteningly futuristic Japan, director Sabu's grungy horror story Miss Zombie is the tale of a doctor's family who receive the unexpected gift of a young female zombie in a crate who they keep as a domesticated pet.

20:30 at Odeon Lothian Road on 28th June 2014, 3 x pairs of tickets available.

A Most Wanted Man

Featuring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man is a gripping adaptation of John Le Carré's bestselling novel of life inside a post-9/11 German intelligence unit.

20:45 at Cineworld on 28th June, 3 x pairs of tickets available.

How to enter

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the above screenings, all you have to do is leave your answer to the following question in the comments below:

If you could be seated next to a film character or celebrity on a plane journey, who would it be and why?

To enter, login via the Facebook Connect button below and leave your answer within the comments section.  For full details of the competition please read our terms and conditions below. Good Luck!

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Competition

A. Entry into this promotion (the “Promotion”) is open to residents of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands aged 15 years or over, except for employees of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and agencies directly connected with creation of and administration of this Promotion and their families.

B. There will be ten prizes (“Prize(s)”) available as follows:

The first four names drawn will win:

  • A pair of tickets to “Snowpiercer” Certificate 15 (starting at 20:15hrs on 28 June 2014 at Cineworld, Fountain Park, 130/3 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1AF)


The next three names drawn will win:

  • A pair of tickets to “Miss Zombie” certificate 15 (starting at 20:30hrs on 28 June 2014 at Odeon, 118 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 8BG)


The next three names drawn will win:

  • A pair of tickets to “A Most Wanted Man” certificate 12A (starting at 20:45hrs on 28 June 2014 at Cineworld, Fountain Park, 130/3 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1AF)

Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting your entry you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

2. To enter participants must answer the following question:

If you could be seated next to a film character or celebrity on a plane journey, who would it be and why?

2.1 To submit your answer, enter your login via the Facebook Connect button and leave your answer in the comments section then click the “Post your comment” button.

2.2 Alternatively, participants may enter by sending their answer via email to the following e-mail address: blogeditor@fly.virgin.com.

3. Entries must be submitted between 00:01 (GMT) on Friday 13th June 2014 and 11:59 (GMT) on Tuesday 24th June 2014.Submissions received outside of these times will not be considered.

4. No purchase is necessary to enter however participants must pay their own costs of connecting to the Internet. 

5. Only one Entry will be accepted per person. In the event an individual submits two Entries then, subject to clause 11 below, the first one in time will be counted.

6. Full name, date of birth and valid e-mail address (“Relevant Information”) must be available to Promoter. If entering by e-mail, please provide name and date of birth. All details are subject to verification.  

7. Relevant Information will only be used by us for the purposes of administering the Promotion, contacting the Prize winners and otherwise in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Please see our privacy policy at www.virginatlantic.com for more information about how we look after personal data.

8. All eligible Entries shall then be placed into to a draw from which ten prize winners (“Winners”) will be selected at random on Wednesday 25th June 2014 (the “Draw Date”).  For your confidence the Draw will be conducted using a random electronic generator system.

9. The Winners shall be notified by Virgin Atlantic using the contact details provided by participants by close of business on Thursday 26th June 2014.

10. If Virgin Atlantic cannot establish contact with the Winners by close of business on Thursday 26th June 2014, Virgin Atlantic reserves the right to arrange for another name to be drawn at random to receive the relevant Prize.

11. Bulk entries made from trade or consumer groups will not be accepted. Incomplete, illegible, entries by macros or other automated means (including systems which can be programmed to enter), and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted. If it becomes apparent that an entrant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this condition by, for example, the use of ‘script’, ‘brute force’, masking their identity by manipulating IP addresses, using identities other than their own or any other automated means in order to increase that participant’s entries into the draw in a way that is not consistent with the spirit of the promotion, that person’s entries will be disqualified and any Prize award will be void.

12. Participants must submit their own work.   Each Participant warrants that their Entry and all information which they submit does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and does not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening.

13. Receipt of submissions will not be acknowledged. Virgin Atlantic does not accept any responsibility or liability for lost submissions or submissions which are delayed, damaged, corrupted, incomplete or not received. 

14. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Promoter and not to Facebook.

15. All entries must comply with the Facebook Terms of Use, the Facebook Code of Conduct and any other Facebook terms or policies in operation from time to time.

16. Winners and their guest will be solely responsible for all costs associated with getting to and from the relevant cinema, accommodation costs (if applicable), food and beverages.

17. It is a condition of accepting the Prizes that the Winners give consent to the Promoter to publish their name and county of residence in association with the Prize in any and all forms or media as required by law or otherwise in connection with the promotion of the Promoter. Winners may be expected to participate in reasonable publicity.

18. The name and county of the Winners are available upon request by sending an e-mail to: blogeditor@fly.virgin.com.

19. Virgin Atlantic reserves the right to substitute the Prizes for an alternative equivalent prize if for any reason beyond the control of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Atlantic is unable to award the Prizes. No cash alternative will be available in whole or in part.

20. By sending submissions, participants agree to release the Promoter from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Promotion or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any Prize (except death or personal injury caused by the Promoter’s negligence, for fraud, or otherwise as prohibited by law).

21. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

22. The Winners accept their prizes at his/her own risk.

These terms and conditions are subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Promoter: Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, Registered Office: The Office, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9NU, England.

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Donna_29 June 2014

I would like to be seated next to Steve Peacocke on a plane journey. He is my total celeb crush plus the fact he is australian, hes an amazing actor & ticks all the boxes

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CjMcK June 2014

I'd like to be seated next to Angelina Jolie, to talk about her work with William Hague against sexual violence.

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Scarlet_88 June 2014

I would love to be seated next to Ian Somerhalder. He is my celebrity crush and as aI feel that he would have an amazing personality, and love what he is doing environmentally and for the animals of the world.

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kathcake June 2014

Prob Spiderman and i'll ask him how does he feel when he's diving to the ground with only his web for safety

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hottubdave June 2014

Nina Nesbitt Big Fan of her and she would know all the best places in Edinburgh to party

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sarahbelle June 2014

I would love to be seated next to Robert De Niro. Epic actor. I would love to pick his brains about how he prepares for his film roles.

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EdinBlogger June 2014 - last edited June 2014

The Genie from Aladdin would be a great in flight buddy, not only is he hilarious but he's a cartoon character. I've never sat beside anybody who was animated before, so this would be quite the adventure. 

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AgentAllan June 2014

I would like to be sat beside Victoria Wood. It would hopefully make a long flight fun.

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Aammey June 2014

Robert Downey Junior any day! I have had a crush on him since I first saw him in Weird Science. But I also think he would be a great laugh, and make for a very entertaining flight.

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MazzerW June 2014

Peter Jackson, just to be able to ask him how he did it all.

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khajal June 2014

i'd like to sit next to tom cruise,have a huge crush on him from college days..really love his personality..

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Katwoman2 June 2014

I'd sit next to Quentin Tarantino in the Cameo because it's his favourite cinema in the world! i don't know if he'd be quiet enough to enjoy the film but hes certainly funny!

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charlotte8148 June 2014

I would like to be seated next to Liam Neeson so I could ask him about his amazing acting in Shindler's List. The film is very close to my heart and his breathtaking performance really does make it one of my favourite films of all time.

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mjavfc1 June 2014
Steve Martin, so I could tell him all about my shower curtain ring business, they have helium in them so they are lighter.
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tijuana June 2014 - last edited June 2014

Robert Downey Jr.


I would say how much I admired the way he had turned his life around, and maybe something about being some of the biggest franchises around.

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tarbygirl June 2014

I would like to sit next to Iron Man.. then I could get the chance to get some fresh air by flying around with him for a few minutes

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dogwithnobrain June 2014

I would love to be seated next to Gerard Depardieu:  I think you'd definitely be guaranteed a lively flight .. one way or another !  Pah ha.  I can't think of anything more amusing. 

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theone1977 June 2014

If i was to sit next to a movie star on an aeroplane. It would  have ti be Kelly Brook.  That would take my mind of the flight lol

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goldenretriever June 2014

Love to sit next to someone who is genuinely funny, like Tina Fey or Jim Carrey to make the time fly by and it would mean that I was in the expensive seats!.

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belindatw June 2014

How MARVELous would it be to sit right next to Stan Lee

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LisaDolly6 June 2014

i would like to sit next to Mark Webber to see what he really thinks of his old rival Vettel. I would love to talk to him about F1 and admire how cute in real life he really is....!!!

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grunge June 2014

It would have to be Jonna Lumley for me  - great sense of humour and an interesting life and career; perfect for a travel companion.

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ted June 2014

It would have to be Samuel L  Jackson. He could be handy if you find snakes on the plane.

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VillainousInten June 2014

Grandad Freeman from the Boondocks, he goes to the cinema in style :D (not really)

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MichaelMorrison June 2014

Scarlett Johansson, for her no doubt stimulating conversation and infectious laughter.

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Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.