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.
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Academy-award winning alumni – WWI Alumni were part of the Oscar Award winning Cinematography & VFX teams for the ‘Life of Pi’.
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.
We are delighted to announce that we have signed a MoU with Carl Zeiss India, one of the premier creators of lenses & imaging equipment. We are honoured to declare ZEISS as one of our valued ‘Technology Partners’. This partnership will allow WWI students to use ZEISS products based on their academic requirements. ZEISS will provide WWI with training materials to impart education to WWI students, and will conduct specialized workshops on lenses, lensing and related fields for our students. Every year, ZEISS will acknowledge one WWI student as the ‘Best Cinematography Student’, and will award the student with a ZEISS lens. The list of lenses that WWI will use for academic purposes include, ZOOM LENS - COMPACT ZOOM CZ.2 and CP.2 PRIME LENSES alongside few other lenses of Carl Zeiss.
In early 2014, Mr. Subhash Ghai, was awarded the Karamveer Chakra, by the International Confederation of NGOs, (ICONGO) a United Nations body for setting up Whistling Woods.
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 is exporting education. WWI has setup a campus in the UK, in partnership with Bradford College, called the Bradford – Whistling Woods Film School. WWI is also setting up a campus in Nigeria, in partnership with TrendCorp Africa, called ‘The African Film & TV Academy’.
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 graduated over 1500 students till date with over 90% gainfully employed at several leading Film & Media organisations in India & overseas.
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.
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.
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.
Whistling Woods International has consistently provided NGOs & associations engaging in Public Service Advertisements complimentary filmmaking services through its faculty & students.
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, 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 programme for Producers (in 2006).
b. MBA in Media & Entertainment – started India’s first MBA in Media & Entertainment (in 2008).
c. Content Creation, Audience Development & Monetisation for YouTube – India’s only institute running this Google-certified specialised training.
d. 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking – the only school to have a complete 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking pipeline, from camera to screen (since 2010).
e. 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).
f. India’s first undergraduate degree in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music – WWI has launched, in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India’s first BSc / BA degrees in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music.
Whistling Woods International has launched a weekly cultural Masterclass to imbibe music, art & dance in the young generations under the banner of ‘5th Veda’. Legendary artistes such as Shankar Mahadevan, Dr. L. Subramniam, Kavita Krishnamurthi, Hariharan, Taufiq Qureshi & Louiz Banks have conducted workshops so far.
ABAI Outstanding Educator Award 2015 was presented to Whistling Woods International in recognition of their excellence in the field of Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Education & for innovating a new path for the industry.
At the event, Biren Ghose, the President, ABAI and Country Head – Technicolor India, said, “Excellence in creative arts education is about shaping skills in ‘storytelling’ that strikes simultaneously at the head and heart! It is about grooming young talent to execute conventional stories in exceptional ways. It moulds attitude while teaching the next generation of filmmakers to blend the arts and sciences. Whistling Woods exemplifies this excellence.”
WWI is rated in 2015 by Forbes India as among the ‘Top Institutes of Influence’ globally.
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.
WWI is a key contributor & advisor in all the government-launched vocational education programs – the NSDC (under the PMO), the TISS-SVE (under the MHRD).
In 2015, Red Cameras partnered with Whistling Woods to set up Asia’s first RedEducation platform at Whistling Woods.
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).