State-of-the-art facilities and academic expertise will let YouTube creators in India learn more about film production, connect with others in the industry, and create better quality and more ambitious video content—for free
December 3, 2015 (Mumbai, India) — Today YouTube™ officially unveiled the YouTube Space Mumbai at Whistling Woods International (WWI), a state-of-the-art collaboration and production facility for YouTube video creators, located at one of Asia’s top film schools. The Space will allow YouTube creators and students at WWI to learn about video production, collaborate with other creators, and give them the tools they need to realize their creative goals.
Located in the heart of Mumbai’s film and television production hub Filmcity at Whistling Woods International, YouTube Space Mumbai is the latest to open after YouTube Spaces in Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, New York, São Paulo, Berlin, and Paris. The facilities are designed to help remove constraints on resources in order to give creators the opportunity to learn, connect, and create. Through YouTube Space, creators can access, at no charge, all the latest audiovisual and editing equipment to produce original and innovative digital video content for their own YouTube channels.
The Indian YouTube creator community is one of the world’s most vibrant, and in the past year alone, the amount of content uploaded to YouTube in India has grown by 90%, while watch time in India has grown 80% year on year. To support this incredible community of YouTube creators as well as the next generation of Indian talent, YouTube and Whistling Woods International are excited to be partnering together on this project.
Located within Whistling Woods International’s production facilities, the YouTube Space Mumbai encompasses a 1400 square foot home for YouTube creators. This includes a 400 square foot studio open to YouTube creators five days a week, a lounge area, and an edit bay with two machines capable of 4k video editing.
In addition to physical studio space that is available to students and creators free of charge, YouTube and WWI are developing original courses to train the next generation of Indian filmmakers to succeed on digital and online media.
Leveraging material from the YouTube Creator Academy and developed in tandem with YouTube staff, Whistling Woods has already launched its first course for YouTube with 120 students from their undergraduate and graduate schools.
Since the first YouTube Space opened in 2012, more than 150,000 creators have visited the Spaces globally, creating over 10,000 videos from their visits. Videos created at YouTube Spaces worldwide have amassed 1.25 billion views thus far.