In 2015, Foxconn – the world’s largest electronics manufacturer partnered with Whistling Woods to set up the FoxConn Media Lab to promote content creation for digital platforms
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The Sony Media Technology Center – set up jointly by Sony & WWI, is located at the WWI campus in Filmcity, Mumbai. Sony, the world’s largest M&E corporation, has recognised WWI as a leader in the Media & Entertainment sector globally and chosen to partner with WWI for focusing on new and emerging technology in the fields of Digital Cinematography and 3D stereoscopic filmmaking. There are only 3 such centres in the world, the other 2 being in London & LA. The Mumbai SMTC is the only centre that is in partnership, while the other two are stand-alone centres.
WWI has entered into a partnership with Google under which WWI hosts Asia’s second & India's first ‘YouTube Space’. Further, WWI runs Asia’s only ‘YouTube Educator Lab’ for teaching courses in content creation for digital platforms.
Over 15% of the WWI’s film students are / have been international students – from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, UAE, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and several other countries.
WWI management is regularly called upon to consult with both the Central government and several state governments on what strategy they should adopt for Film, Media & Entertainment education
WWI has partnered with Reliance Jio to set up the WWI Jio Virtual Reality Lab to focus on Cinematic VR – education, academic research, industry training and content creation in 360deg Virtual Reality.
WWI has partnered with The Tata Institute of Social Sciences - one of India’s most reputed universities - to ratify all its 3-yr undergraduate courses with BSc, BA & BBA degrees.
Academy-awards & alumni - WWI Alumni were part of the Oscar Award winning Animation & VFX team of ‘The Jungle Book’ and the Cinematography & VFX teams for ‘Life of Pi’.
In late 2013, President of Whistling Woods - Meghna Ghai-Puri was awarded a honorary fellowship from Bradford College, UK for her contribution to global Film & Media education through Whistling Woods.
WWI has graduated over 1600 students till date.
WWI Alumni are revitalizing regional film industries. Several regional (Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada & Tulu) industries have been greatly benefited by WWI alumni choosing to go back to their native markets and making films in those languages. This has provided a much-needed quality filmmaking skills boost for regional cinema.
CSR – Whistling Woods has provided scholarships & free education to less-privileged students of over 5Cr over the past 10 years. WWI has provided both full-time career education and undertaken workshops for children of several NGOs at no charge.
In early 2014, Mr. Subhash Ghai was honoured as the ‘Education Evangelist of India’ by Skilltree Foundation for setting up Whistling Woods.
WWI has, on request from the Ministry of Human Resource Development – Government of India, designed the curriculum for the Media Studies elective for the CBSE board. WWI has prepared the curriculum, teaching methodology & teacher training for the same.
Unique Education – WWI offers education in key verticals for the first time ever in India, namely:
a. Producing – WWI started India’s first program for Producers (in 2006).
b. MBA in Media & Entertainment – started India’s first MBA in Media & Entertainment (in 2008).
c. 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking – From 2010 to 2016, WWI included a complete 3D stereoscopic filmmaking pipeline in its education.
d. Media Studies at the high school level – WWI-created Media Studies programs have been rolled out, through the CBSE Board, in hundreds of CBSE schools across the country (in 2010).
e. India’s first undergraduate degree in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music – WWI has launched, in partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India’s first BSc / BA degrees in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music. (2013)
f. Content Creation, Audience Development & Monetisation for Digital platforms – India’s first institute to run specialised education for digital platforms. (2014)
g. Cinematic VR – India’s first (and only) institute to run specialised education in fiction / narrative storytelling in 360 VR. (2018)
WWI is rated in 2015 by Forbes India as among the ‘Top Institutes of Influence’ globally.
WWI has partnered with several global Film, Media & Technology giants to set up 5 Technology & Innovation Labs on campus:
- The Sony Media Technology Center – 2010
- The YouTube Space and The YouTube Educator Lab – 2015
- The RedEducation Platform – 2015
- The Foxconn Media Lab – 2016
- The WWI Jio VR Lab – 2018
WWI is a key contributor & advisor in all the government-launched vocational education programs – the NSDC (under the Skills Ministry), the TISS-SVE (under the MHRD).
In June 2014, Whistling Woods was recognised as a ‘Great Place to Study’ by Skilltree Knowledge Consortium and was award as such by the UK House of Commons.
WWI has been rated as one of the Ten Best Film Schools in the world, in the July 2014, August 2013 and July 2010 issues of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
In 2010, WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) – a global association of film schools, which lays very high standards on admitting members (of the 3000+ film schools in the world, CILECT has accepted only 160 schools as members).