WWI invited by a Nigerian development company to set up Whistling Woods International Nigeria
Over its six years of operations, Whistling Woods International (WWI) – a globally recognized Institute for Film, Communication, Animation & Media Arts from India, has sustained international relations with several countries across the world like Spain, Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, UK, Dubai and many more.
WWI strongly encourages cross cultural exchange between film professionals across the globe and hence has several academic affiliations with reputed universities across the world to promote the same. WWI also is the youngest Full member of CILECT. WWI had been invited by the Government of Spain in 2009 to set up a campus in Alicante, Spain within the Spanish Film Industry and now Trend Media City Limited (TMC) – a Nigerian development company has invited WWI to set up the first world-class film & media institute in Africa – Whistling Woods International Nigeria (WWIN).
Trend Media City Limited and Whistling Woods International have signed an MOU announcing the partnership in the development of WWIN. The MOU communicates how both TMC and WWI will invest their resources, capital, and knowledge to develop the new WWIN – Whistling Woods International Nigeria – film & media institute for the thriving entertainment hub of Nigeria. In addition, WWI will be supervising the operations of the film institute and the studios for a minimum period of 10-years. In India, WWI has done remarkable work in the field of film and media education and has set new standards for infrastructure, technology and facilities at its Mumbai Campus and aims to do the same at the Nigerian campus.
On the significance of the MOU, Mr. Uzo Udemba chairman/CEO of TUG, the owners of Trend TV and TMC observes, “Everyone talks about the raw talents inherent in the Nollywood industry and its impendency as a major source of film and TV entertainment content to Africa and the world, but the WWI Nigeria will become the training ground to train, harness and refine the professionals and technicians who will take the industry to its next level and unlock its enormous economic potential.”
Mr. Udemba also noted that India, through its film industry, has generated tens of billions in foreign exchange over the last two decades, and this is primarily as a result of the training film & media professionals receive. In setting up its International film & media academy, Trend Media City Limited is seeking to invest directly in Nollywood, making a developmental impact to the local community and the economy. Additionally, the film institute will improve the talent and skill pool through world class training, and providing access to equipment similar to those which drive Hollywood and Indian Film Industry.
TMCs credentials as one of the premier Media & Entertainment organisations in Nigeria are unquestionable and I believe that by combining our strengths, skills and understanding, we will deliver great quality enhancement to the Nigerian Film & Media Industry”.
The WWI Nigeria Film Institute is a core component of Trend Media City, conceived as an international tourist destination, business park, film city, research center and ICT development center. TMC seeks to build a city of the future in Africa, within a spectacular “eco- friendly city” and become a model for the rest of the world to follow.
The city will provide the best leisure activities for visitors from all over the world, in addition to a business park and a film city, which will produce the best of motion pictures and TV programs to the highest global standards for distribution all around the world.