WHISTLING WOODS INTERNATIONAL IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF AUDEUS TRAX - A MUKTA ARTS VENTURE FOUNDED BY OUR CHAIRMAN, SUBHASH GHAI.

Audeus TRAX is a venture that promotes upcoming talent in the field of content creation, acting, and music. The team carefully curates talent, hones their skills, and promotes them through various projects like music videos and audio podcasts. With the help of a strong presence across all social media platforms, they aim to share constant updates regarding upcoming projects. The handpicked team of hardworking and talented individuals at Audeus TRAX is ardently working across achieving the best possible outputs for all the featured artists and talent.

NEETA LULLA- CHIEF MENTOR, WWI SCHOOL OF FASHION INVITED TO JOIN THE JURY OF ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCE (AMPAS).

We congratulate Neeta Lulla – Chief Mentor, WWI School of Fashion on being invited to join the Jury of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Known for her world-renowned contribution to the fashion and film industry, she is widely recognised for her work in films like Jodhaa Akbar and Devdas, among others.

Representing India, she will have the voting rights for the 93rd Academy Awards, officially and popularly known as ‘The Oscars’.

WHISTLING WOODS INTERNATIONAL TO STREAM SHORT FILMS MADE BY ITS STUDENTS ON DISNEY+ HOTSTAR

Mumbai, June 18, 2020: Whistling Woods International (WWI), Asia’s premier Film, Communication, and Creative Arts institute, announced its collaboration with Disney+ Hotstar, India’s largest OTT streaming platform. With this association, viewers of Disney+ Hotstar can now stream entertaining and thought-provoking short films created by the students of WWI. Over the coming weeks, selected films will be uploaded on the platform on a regular basis and will be available to viewers under the ‘Short Films’ section. Newly uploaded films can also be found in the ‘What’s New’ section.

Through a unique teaching methodology, which combines academic rigour with practical experience, the students of WWI receive an unrivalled education in film, communication, and creative arts. This experience has seen the institute’s students and alumni contribute immensely to India’s media and entertainment domain, and led to the creation of several highly-acclaimed, award-winning films, many of which have been chosen to be featured on the platform.

Covering a wide range of genres and topics, the short films to appear include Alaksha, a fast-paced drama set against the backdrop of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai and winner of The Perfect 10 award at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, 2018; Hoop Diaries, a 2014 sports drama centred around the story of a girl overcoming a deeply personal trauma; Manorath, inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s short story ‘The Postmaster’ and winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Pune International Film Festival, 2015, among others…

Commenting on the announcement, Meghna Ghai Puri, President of WWI, said, “Whistling Woods International is extremely proud to announce its association with Disney+ Hotstar. Through this venture, viewers across India can choose inspiring and thought-provoking films created by our talented students. By providing a platform to these aspiring filmmakers, to be able to showcase their work, we hope to inspire future generations of artists to pursue their dreams, and follow the institute’s motto of Do What You Love.”

Other films which have already been featured on Disney+ Hostar include Film City, Kanchey, Aalav and 500 Rupay, which has received 7 awards, 6.5 million YouTube views and a nomination in Filmfare.

Whistling Woods encourages viewers to watch these student made films on Disney+ Hotstar to see what India’s next generation of filmmakers have put out there as part of their filmmaking education.

WWI SCHOOL OF FASHION COLLABORATED WITH JAYA HE GVK NEW MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE THE RICH AND DIVERSE ARTISTIC TRADITIONS OF THE NORTH EAST

Congratulations to Ayushi Sharma – Student, School of Fashion, for her featured artworks in ‘Utsar – A Digital Art Festival’ conducted by Jaya He GVK New Museum, Mumbai.
She created these artworks showcasing chic and stylish collection inspired by the motifs from textiles of the North East.

WHISTLING WOODS INTERNATIONAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS ASSOCIATION WITH DISNEY+ HOTSTAR, INDIA’S LARGEST PREMIUM STREAMING PLATFORM


“With this alliance, Disney+ Hotstar viewers can now stream entertaining and thought-provoking short films created by the students of Whistling Woods International.”
The student films that are now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar are as follows:
500 Rupay | A Little Ways Down The Road | Aalav | Aramagal | Arivu | Ekaki | Filmcity | Kanche | Maula Baksh De | Phoolpakharu | Rab da Vaasta | Rendezvous | Sanyog | Summer Cup | Vidhyalaya

MS. MEGHNA GHAI PURI, PRESIDENT, WWI RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN LEADERS IN INDIAN EDUCATION, 2020 BY THE HIGHER EDUCATION DIGEST


The list features women who have not only proved their mettle in life and classrooms but also devoted their lives to the noble task of carving out a tribe of strong youngsters.

10 MUST-WATCH MEDIA & MASS COMMUNICATION INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA, 2019 IN HIGHER EDUCATION DIGEST MAGAZINE

Whistling Woods International has been featured by Higher Education Digest magazine in their list of the ‘10 Must-Watch Media & Mass Communication Institutions in India’. The issue features institutes that have produced generations of students who work in the media and entertainment industry.

The 10 Most Admired Media & Mass Communication Institutes, 2019 in The Knowledge Review Magazine

Whistling Woods International has been listed by The Knowledge Review Magazine in their list of “The 10 Most Admired Media & Mass Communication Institutes, 2019”. The list features institutes that are introducing innovative educational procedures while preparing students for the various challenges of the mass media industry.

Mr. Subhash Ghai awarded the Forever Genuine Award at Teacher’s Golden Thistle Awards 2019

Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, WWI received Forever Genuine Award at Teacher’s Golden Thistle Awards 2019

Excellence in Creative & Performing Arts at the 6th FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards 2019

Whistling Woods International has been awarded Excellence in Creative & Performing Arts at the 6th FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards 2019.

Toon Boon Certified - Jasbinder Singh

Faculty, WWI School of Animation, achieved Professional Level Certification of Toon Boom Harmony 17 Premium which has enabled WWI to become a Centre of Excellence for Teaching Harmony (a 2D animation software).

CILECT Congress Moscow

Anjum Rajabali, renowned screenwriter and Head of Department – Screenwriting, WWI was awarded the prestigious CILECT Teaching Award 2019 – Leading International Pedagogue.

Top Animation Institute with Best Infrastructure in India

Whistling Woods International has been acknowledged and awarded as the Top Animation Institute with Best Infrastructure in India by Image Planet, at the India’s Top Animation Education Institutes Award, 2019.

CILECT World Congress 2018

Whistling Woods International hosted India’s first-ever international congress for world film schools – CILECT World Congress 2018.

Foxconn Media Lab

In 2015, Foxconn: World’s largest electronics manufacturer partnered with Whistling Woods International to set up the Foxconn Media Lab to promote content creation for digital platforms.

The Sony Media Technology Center

The Sony Media Technology Center: set up jointly by Sony & WWI, is located at the WWI, 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.

Over 20% of the WWI’s students have been international students

Over 20% of the WWI’s students have been international students – from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, UAE, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and several other countries.

Central and state governments consult WWI management to strategies on Film, Media and Entertainment education.

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

Whistling Woods International JIO VR Lab

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.

Whistling Woods International teams up with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences

WWI has partnered with The Tata Institute of Social Sciences – one of India’s most reputed universities – to ratify all its courses with BSc, BA & BBA degrees, Diploma, Advance Diplomas & Post Graduate Diplomas.

Academy-award winning alumni

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’.

Bradford College, UK, awarded honorary fellowship to Meghna Ghai-Puri

In late 2013, President of Whistling Woods International – Meghna Ghai-Puri was awarded a honorary fellowship from Bradford College, UK for her contribution to global Film & Media education.

1900+ alumni

WWI has graduated over 1900 students till date with over 90% gainfully employed with several leading Film & Media organisations in India & overseas.

WWI Alumni are revitalising regional film industries

WWI Alumni are revitalising regional film industries. Several regional (Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada & Tulu) industries have seen major contributions by WWI alumni.

Scholarships

Whistling Woods International has provided scholarships & fee waivers to less-privileged students of over US $ 1million over the past decade.

Mr. Subhash Ghai honoured as the ‘Education Evangelist of India’ by Skilltree

In early 2014, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder & Chairman, WWI, was honoured as the ‘Education Evangelist of India’ by Skilltree Foundation. He was also awarded the Karamveer Chakra, by the International Confederation of NGOs, (ICONGO) a United Nations body, for setting up Whistling Woods International.

Whistling Woods International has designed the curriculum for the Media Studies for the CBSE board

WWI-created Media studies programmes have been rolled out, through the CBSE Board, in hundreds of CBSE schools across the country (in 2010).

Whistling Woods International offers education in key verticals for the first time ever in India

Unique Education – WWI offers education in key verticals for the first time ever in India, namely:

a. India’s first applied-arts degree programmes in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music – launched, in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences

b. Producing – WWI started India’s first Producing programme in 2006

c. 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking – the only school to have had a complete 3D stereoscopic filmmaking pipeline, from camera to screen.

d. Content Creation, Audience Development & Monetisation for YouTube – India’s only institute running this Google-certified specialized training, since 2015.

e. Cinematic VR – India’s first (and only) institute to run specialised education in fiction / narrative storytelling in 360 VR. (2018)

Whistling Woods International listed in Forbes

WWI is rated in 2015 by Forbes India as among the ‘Top Institutes of Influence’ globally.

Technology & Innovation Labs

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 programmes

WWI is a key contributor & advisor to both the Media & Entertainment Skills Council (Skill Ministry) & TISS-SVE (Human Resource Development Ministry)

Recognised as one of the ‘Global League - Indian Institutes’ by Skilltree Knowledge Consortium

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’.

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’.

Accepted as a full member of CILECT

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).