About My institute, Whistling Woods International:
1) Within a short span of 8 years, Whistling Woods International (WWI), became the preferred destination to nurture creative talent in India & globally.
2) WWI has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter along with institutes like NYU Tisch, NFTS, FAMU & AFTRS, the youngest school to be featured in that list.
3) WWI is Asia’s largest creative school.
4) Three WWI Alumni were a part of the #Oscar Award winning Cinematography & VFX teams for Life of Pi Movie.
5) WWI provides the students with the best industry interface.
6) WWI is the first film institute in the world to have Auro 11.1 3D sound
7) WWI is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’ which is also the heart of our #Bollywood film industry.
8) WWI is an invited partner for International campuses in United Kingdom & Nigeria. Closer home, Dr. DY Patil Group of Institutions, Lohegaon ,Pune. has partnered with WWI.
9) On invitation from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, WWI has structured curriculum and guidelines for Media Studies at the High School level.
10) Television giants like Star & Colors receive digitization training from WWI faculty
11) Sony set up a Global Centre of Excellence in association with WWI
12) Associations with technology partners ensures that the students receive training on the latest equipment and technology
13) Over a 1000 alumni are gainfully employed in the industry. Students have got an opportunity to work on international co-productions with University of Calgary, the Hong Kong government and more recently VCA.
14) WWI is the first institute to offer: MBA in Media & Entertainment, Programme for Producers, Education in Production Design, 3D stereoscopic filmmaking.
15) Almost 15% of the student body comprises of International students, from the #USA, #Canada, #UK, #Germany, #Italy, #France, #Holland, #Bermuda, #Nigeria and from several other countries who choose WWI over the multiple film-studies options available in their own countries.
16) As always endeavoured to bring the best blend of Indian and international film education to its students, WWI has established meaningful academic partnerships with over 14 international universities like #VictoriaCollegeofArts (VCA), Australia, University of Calgary, Canada, Bradford College, UK, Norwegian Film Institute, Norway and New York University, Tisch, USA to name a few.
17) It is India’s only full-fledged Film School and also India’s largest creative institute covering filmmaking & allied fields .
18) WWI has initiated affiliations with several global film schools, including first-ever-in-India activities like International student co-productions. Some of the schools that we have undertaken these activities with are Deakin University & Griffith University in Australia, Bradford College UK, University of Leeds UK, University of Calgary, Syracuse University USA & NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia to name a few.
19) In 2010, WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television) – a global association of film schools, which lays very high standards on admitting members (out of the thousands of film schools in the world, there are only 150 members of CILECT). This membership has enabled huge expansion in WWI’s international operations with student & faculty exchanges being planned with the best film schools in the world.
20) Almost every film in Hindi cinema has atleast one WWI alumnus as part of the team.
21) The full-time faculty of WWI is a body of academics and renowned industry professionals like #SubhashGhai, Late Rajen Kothari, M Krishna Murthy , Rob Reece , Anjum Rajabali, Rakesh Ranjan, Ashmaki Acharya, Somnath Sen, Samar Khan, Prashant Naik, Yusuf Mehta, Dhananjay Khore with regular guest lectures by leading Indian & International filmmakers, actors & technicians like Ashutosh Gowariker (Director of oscar-nominated ‘Lagaan’), Farhan Akhtar, Ashok Amritraj, Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Danny Boyle (academy award winner for Slumdog Millionaire), Rajkumar Hirani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Farah Khan, Nagesh Kukunoor, #ShelleyPage (head of international outreach for DreamWorks Animation) and several more. Students at Whistling Woods, hence, have a unique opportunity to interact on one-on-one basis with some of the most successful professionals in the Indian film industry.
What you have read above is just half of what the institute is all about. But do you need more reasons to believe in Whistling Woods International and what it has done to the staff, faculty and students who are a part of it? Do you need more reasons to feel proud about the fact that our country, #India has in real such an institute who have not just promised but also delivered all through these years? For those who have been a part of it or who have even been closely linked will understand what the institute means to all of us. Mukta Arts has invested over 100 crores in good faith to dutifully bridge the gap in the film & media industry with trained & educated talent and they have proved it with the number of WWI graduates already placed and successful in the industry.
Senator Chris Dodd who is the Chairman & CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America quoted at FICCI-FRAMES 2012 – “Yesterday I visited the future of the Indian Media & Entertainment industry. I spent time at Whistling Woods International. If anyone has any doubt that the future of the industry is bright, I invite them to spend a day at Whistling Woods International. It is truly a glimpse of the glorious future of the Media & Entertainment industry in India.”
When everyone can see it, why can’t you? For the sake of education, Save India’s Bright Future.