Although contemporary India boasts the world’s largest popular cinema industry which churns out over 1,200 feature films in seven languages annually, and a huge and growing small screen (television) industry, it hosts a disproportionately small number of film and media training institutes. It was this paradox which promptedBollywood movie mogul Subhash Ghai to start Whistling Woods International (WWI), billed as Asia’s largest film, television, animation and media arts institute, in 2006.
Promoted as a division of Ghai’s feature films production company Mukta Arts Ltd (revenue: Rs.89.81 crore in 2008-09), and spread over 20 acres in Mumbai’s film city, Goregaon, it offers its 250 full-time and 200 part-time students technical and film-making training in state-of-the-art digital studios fitted with latest recording and editing equipment, a 250-seat digital surround sound cinema, and India’s first and only AATCe (Apple Authorised Training Centre for education).
Currently WWI, which has a faculty of 50 supplemented by dozens of media professionals, offers study programs in film production and management, direction, cinematography, editing, screenwriting and sound recording. The duration of courses ranges from 6 to 24 months with tuition fees ranging from Rs.2-15 lakh per course.
Whistling Woods has also beenrated amongst the top 10 film schools in the worldby ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, alongwith institutes like NYU Tisch, NFTS, FAMU & AFTRS. WWI was the youngest school to be featured in that list.
The WWI Mumbai campus is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’, and offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years, both full-time and part time in nature.
All the major specializations of the media & entertainment industry are catered to, includingacting, animation, cinematography, direction, editing, producing, screenwriting, sound and media studies.
WWI also offersIndia’s first MBA in media & entertainmentandIndia’s first MBA in media & communication.
WWI School of Filmmaking
1. 2-Year Diploma in Filmmaking
2. Diploma in Production Design
3. Certificate Course in Screenwriting for Film
4. Documentary Filmmaking
WWI Actors’ Studio
1. Diploma in Stunt Acting
WWI School of Animation
WWI School of Media & Communication
1. MBA (Global) in Media and Entertainment Management with PGP in Media & Communicatio
2. MBA – Media and Entertainment
Admissions are open throughout the year.