Promoted by Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is Asia's largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television. The campus is based in Mumbai's Film & Television Production centre Filmcity, and offers courses that vary in duration from 10 months to 30 months, both full-time and part time in nature. All major specializations of the Media & Entertainment industry are catered to, including Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting and Sound as well and Television & Broadcasting Studies. Whistling Woods International also offers, in association with Manipal University, India's first MBA in the Media & Entertainment.
The full-time faculty of Whistling Woods International is a body of academics and industry professionals like Subhash Ghai, Rajen Kothari, Anjum Rajabali, Rakesh Ranjan, with regular guest lectures by leading Indian & International filmmakers, actors & technicians. Well known Industry professionals and filmmakers who have visited the Institute and interacted with the students include Rakeysh Mehra, Vishal Bharadwaj, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Farhan Akhtar, Ashok Amritraj, Shyam Benegal, Farah Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Ratna Pathak Shah, Danny Boyle, Steve Barron, Rajkumar Hirani, Nagesh Kukunoor and many more.
The curriculum at Whistling Woods International is a unique hybrid of theoretical and practical aspects combining art with business principles for all specializations. As part of the 2-year filmmaking courses, each student undergoes 1-year of 'Basics of Filmmaking' education in which each student learns the basics of all aspects of filmmaking. Students also study several co-curricular faculties like Film Appreciation, International Art, Literature & Culture, Production Design & Music.
The courses at Whistling Woods International are designed to ensure that the students' learnings are collaborative and industry oriented.
These unique elements in teaching methodology has seen Whistling Woods International's student body growing from strength to strength over the past three years. Almost 15% of the student body now comprises of International students from countries like USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Mauritius and many more who choose Whistling Woods International over the multiple film-studies options available in their countries.
The Institute is highly committed to ensuring that it's students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment both in India and globally. Student placements have been initiated with several leading media organisations like Aamir Khan Productions, BIG Animation, Balaji Telefilms, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Fox Star Studios India, Mukta Arts Limited, Paprikaas, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance BIG Entertainment, Walkwater Films and several more.
Whistling Woods International has initiated affiliations with several International film schools. These include pioneering activities in India like credits transfer and International student co-productions. Some of the schools that are affiliated with the Institute are Deakin College Australia, Griffith College Australia, Bradford College UK, Syracuse University USA & NYU Tisch Singapore.
Whistling Woods International has achieved all this in the short span of three years and is on the way to fulfilling it's goal, to be the institute of choice for media education globally.