Welcome to Whistling Woods International!
Whistling Woods International is a Film, Television, Animation, Communication, Fashion and Media Arts institute located in Mumbai, India.
Founded by one of India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai and promoted by Mukta Arts Limited, Whistling Woods International (WWI) is one of Asia’s largest Media Arts institutes.
‘The Hollywood Reporter’ has rated Whistling Woods International as one of the Ten Best Film Schools in the world in 2014, 2013 & 2010.
The primary campus of WWI is the Mumbai campus, which is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’, and offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years. All the major specializations of the Media & Entertainment industry are catered to, including Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound, Visual Effects, Media Management Studies and Fashion Design. Degree courses on offer are a BSc in Filmmaking, a BSc in Digital Filmmaking (focusing on Animation), an MBA in Media & Entertainment and a BBA in Media & Communication.
The full-time faculty of WWI is a body of academics and renowned industry professionals like Subhash Ghai, Krishhnamurthy, Anjum Rajabali, Rakesh Ranjan, Ashmaki Acharya, Prashant Naik, Rahul Puri, Yusuf Mehta, Somnath Sen, Salim Arif, Shernaz Patel, and many more, with regular guest lectures by leading Indian & International filmmakers, actors & technicians like Ashutosh Gowariker (Director of Oscar-nominated ‘Lagaan’), Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Shekhar Kapur, Danny Boyle (Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire), Rajkumar Hirani, Rakeysh Mehra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vikramaditya Motwane, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali, Shelley Page (Head of International Outreach for Dreamworks Animation), and several more. Students at Whistling Woods, hence, have a unique opportunity to interact on a one-on-one basis with some of the most successful professionals in the Indian film industry.
The courses at WWI are designed to ensure that the students’ learning is collaborative and industry oriented. The curriculum at WWI is a unique hybrid of theoretical and practical and ensuring that the creative dovetails well with the business aspects. Students also undergo rigorous study in several co-curricular faculties like Film Appreciation, International Art Literature Culture, Production Design & Music.
These unique elements in the curriculum & the teaching methodology have seen WWI’s student body growing over five times over the past seven years. Further, over 15% of the student body now comprises of International students, from the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and from several other countries who choose WWI over the multiple film-studies options available in their own countries.
The Institute is also highly committed to ensuring that its students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment. WWI alumni are currently working at several leading media organisations like Aamir Khan Productions, Anurag Kashyap Films, Balaji Telefilms, Dharma Productions, The Walt Disney Company India, Excel Entertainment, FoxStar Studios India, Mukta Arts Ltd, Phantom Pictures, Prime Focus, Rajshri Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance Mediaworks, Rhythm & Hues, Star TV, Technicolour, UTV Motion Pictures, Walkwater Films, Yashraj Films and several more. Our alumni have been involved in some of the most successful Indian films and in 2013, were part of 2 Oscar award winning teams – for Cinematography & VFX in the ‘Life of Pi’. Since its first batch graduated in 2008, WWI has graduated over 1140 students and over 90% of them are very gainfully employed in the Indian & global Media & Entertainment industry.
In early 2010, with Sony having recognised WWI as a leader in the Media & Entertainment sector in Asia, The Sony Media Technology Center (SMTC) – a global Center of Excellence set up jointly by Sony Corp. & WWI and located at the WWI campus in Filmcity, Mumbai. The (SMTC) at WWI focuses on new and emerging technology in the fields of High Definition filmmaking, Digital Cinematography, 3D stereoscopic filmmaking, High Definition Exhibition and HD Broadcast. Sony has equipped the WWI Mumbai campus with the latest technology in both HD digital filmmaking & 3D stereoscopic filmmaking and will regularly station their global subject matter experts on campus from whom WWI students learn a great deal.
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. 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, Leeds University UK, University of Calgary, Syracuse University USA & NYU Tisch Asia.
In 2010, WWI was invited to partner with India’s primary High School Board – the CBSE board by the Ministry of Human Resource Development – Government of India to design a Media Studies curriculum. WWI has prepared the curriculum, teaching methodology & is has undertaken teacher-training for the ‘Media Studies’ elective in the 11th & 12th grade.
WWI is a key contributor & advisor in all the government-launched vocational education programs – the NSDC – MESC (under the PMO & FICCI), the TISS-SVE (under the MHRD).
WWI takes its Corporate Social Responsibility seriously. Despite not being profitable, Whistling Woods has provided scholarships & free education to less-privileged students of over 5 million US$ over the past 8 years. On several occasions, WWI has offered full-time career education for several to children from NGOs at no charge.
With the Mumbai campus well established, WWI is strongly looking at expansion both in terms of course verticals and campuses. WWI is at various stages of establishment of additional campuses both within India and outside, in partnership with like-minded organisations. The UK campus of Whistling Woods, set up in association with The Bradford College commenced operations in September 2013. The Pune campus set up in association with the DY Patil group also commenced operations in September 2013. The African Film & Television Academy – a joint venture between Trend Media City & WWI is expected to commence with campuses in Lagos & Port Harcourt, Nigeria by late 2015.
WWI has successfully partnered with India’s most reputed Educational Institutions – The Tata Institute of Social Sciences to ratify it’s 3-yr undergraduate courses with TISS. Further, WWI is on the verge of a major breakthrough partnership with Google under which WWI will become India’s first YouTube satellite campus. Two WWI faculty have already become the first 2 people in India to be certified by YouTube as trainers.
The above is just a snapshot of what Whistling Woods International has achieved in the short span of a few years and the institution strongly marches on its way to fulfilling its goal – to be THE thought leader for Film & Media education globally.