Mukta arts to take Whistling Woods to South Africa and Dubai

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Subhash Ghai is planning to set up Whistling Woods, a film and media arts institute, in South Africa and Dubai through joint ventures with local partners.

"We see opportunity in Dubai and South Africa. We have signed an MoU with the provincial government of the Western Cape and are in talks with Dubai Media City," says Mukta Arts CEO Ravi Gupta.

Whistling Woods International Ltd, a subsidiary company, will jointly conduct a feasibility report for each of these markets. "The cost of setting up each institute will be close to Rs 1 billion. We would want to do it along with local partners," adds Gupta.

Ghai, has signed with Ibrahim Rasool, the premier of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa, a declaration of intent to work out a collaborative strategy for establishment of a film and media institute in Cape Town. "We expect to complete the feability study in three to four months. We will take a decision only after that," says Gupta.

Mukta Arts has already pumped in Rs 600 million to set up Asia's biggest film, television, animation and media arts institute in Mumbai. The aim is to create a talent pool for the rapidly-growing Indian film and animation industry.

Whistling Woods, which is offering two-year courses, has tied up with technology majors including nVidia, Apple, Sony, AMD, Belden, Nortel, Seneca, DigiDesign, Recreate Solutions, ToonBoom and Sennheiser.

The institute provides specialisations in direction, ccreenwriting, editing, acting, business of film and television, cinematography, art and techniques of animation and sound recording and design.

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