Bradford To Bollywood
British Film Institute Launches Bradford-WWI Film School
Leading figures from the UK and Indian film industry gathered at the British Film Institute in London on Tuesday 11th June for the official launch of the Bradford-Whistling Woods International Film School, a collaboration between Bradford College and top Bollywood Film School Whistling Woods International.
The Film School situated in the heart of Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, will also give students to the opportunity to study elements of their course at the Whistling Woods International Mumbai campus. The two esteemed institutions will provide a unique learning opportunity for up and coming filmmakers to become part of ‘the best film school in the world.’ Mumbai-based Whistling Woods International (WWI) Institute for Films, Animation and Media Arts is one of the world’s ten best Film Schools. The WWI in Mumbai has a wealth of history and expertise in world film and Bradford College’s Photography has long been a key strength of the College portfolio, and benefits from its collaboration with the National Media Museum through its Fellowship programme.
Hosted by Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the British Film Institute, guests included top figures from Pinewood Studios and India’s Bollywood film industry, along with Bradford City of Film’s Chairman, film producer Steve Abbott, and its Director, David Wilson.
Amanda Nevill said: “I was beyond thrilled and so impressed to hear about this fantastic new initiative which sees Bradford College tying in with the prestigious Whistling Woods Institute in Mumbai. I am delighted to be able to show the BFI’s support through this launch event today.”
Bradford College Principal and Chief Executive, Michele Sutton, OBE, commented, “We are delighted to have the support of David Wilson, Director, City of Film, Steve Abbott and Amanda Neville. Bradford College is totally committed to developing the skills and knowledge of its students, ensuring a great experience and creating opportunities to give a clear line of sight between the courses they undertake and employment. We are thrilled we
Subhash Ghai with students at the WWI campus Mumbai
are working with our long-term partners Whistling Woods International, which brings an international dimension to our Film and Photography portfolio.”
Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, Whistling Woods International said, “We have always wanted our Film School to be one of the finest in the world. I am glad we have achieved this in terms of technology, educational environments, courses, faculty and the leading methodology. I am sure this partnership between Whistling Woods and Bradford College is going to benefit the students to connect with the Indian Film Industry, as well as the British Film Industry. I am sure this will benefit all of us!”
Commenting on the exciting partnership, Trevor Griffiths, Director of Bradford-WWI Film School concluded: “I feel really honoured that I am the first Director of Bradford Film School. It’s amazing that it was only six years ago that I took my first tentative steps in India and less than a year ago we signed the contract to work long term with Whistling Woods. The speed in which things have happened has been really satisfying. In September we will open our doors to our first cohort of students – and we will have a world class facility!”
The School, which will operate as part of Bradford College, will offer both Further Education and Degree courses in film, photography and animation. These courses will have a truly international curriculum allowing students to experience the Indian Film Industry first hand. It aims to offer access to everyone – from the absolute novice who may never have looked through the viewfinder to the advanced practitioner who wishes to enhance their academic and practical skills.