In another move to widen its wings internationally, Whistling Woods
International (WWI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
the University of Calgary and SAIT for a co-production partnership.
will be an exchange program between select students from the joint
University of Calgary (UC) and South Albertan Institute of Technology
(SAIT) Bachelor of Film Studies Program and Whistling Woods International
(WWI) film school, Mumbai.
agreement is poised to mark an important milestone in education
and training in Digital technology and knowledge exchange related
to different facets of film production. This initiative is spread
over six months, including pre-production, production and post-production
process shared equally between WWI and UC. 10 students (5 from Mumbai,
5 from Calgary) and 4 instructors (2 from Mumbai, 2 from Calgary)
will participate in this venture.
on the occasion, Whistling Woods International, founder and chairman
Subhash Ghai said, "It is a great privilege for Whistling
Woods to be associated with universities of this stature internationally.
I am truly grateful that UC and SAIT have extended their support
to us for this new exchange programme and look forward to a long-standing,
strong working relationship together."
WWI team will travel to Canada for part of the principal shoot
and the rest will be executed in India with the Canadian counterparts
in Mumbai. The project will create greater cross-cultural and
mutual understanding of each other's work processes, values, approaches
and ways of working. Additionally, the project will encourage
possibilities of curricula and faculty exchange in the future.
and faculty involved in the project will be the first to participate
in this cross-cultural exchange and have the opportunity to gain
international work experience. This cooperative initiative will
evaluate the feasibility of future collaborative ventures related
to the training of professionals in the film industry.
select students along with selected instructors from both campuses
will work together to produce a short 20-minute film that shall
be premiered at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival, one of the
biggest International gatherings of short films in the world.
WWI had announced that it would, in collaboration with Trend Media
City Ltd (TMC), set up a film and media training institute in
Nigeria that would mark Africa's first world-class film institute
to be called Whistling Woods International Nigeria (WWIN).