The new campus, which is scheduled to open in July of this year, will be housed at the Mackichan complex of Wilson College in Mumbai, the most populous city in India.
Students who attend the new program will also have the option of transferring to the Vancouver campus upon the successful completion of the VFS Mumbai offerings, allowing them to bring their new skills to a city with connections in both the Hollywood and Bollywood film industries.
This will only serve to grow the relationship between Vancouver and India’s film and television sector. The announcement follows September’s news that Mumbai-based entertainment company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. , becoming the first Indian broadcaster to do so in Canada.
VFS will be working in partnership with Digital India, a campaign launched by India’s government to improve online infrastructure and increase digital literacy in the country.
“To have VFS now in India is going to be a game changer for both the local economy and the global industry at large,” said Ashish Kulkarni of Digital India. “Everyone here is very excited about the possibilities.”
The announcement came as part of Justin Trudeau’s visit to India, as VFS and Digital India members met with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and others in the prime minister’s delegation at Taj Majal Palace Hotel.
“VFS India initiative comes at a time when India is poised to create its own media and entertainment global brands,” said VFS co-founder James Griffin. “The access to world-class education in the space of film, animation, VFX, gaming, VR, performance capture and sound design will help create new bench marks for India’s future talent.”
In addition to the new campus, Vancouver Film School has announced a scholarship competition for all students across India in the fields of film production, 3D animation and VFX, game design and digital design. A total of 36 scholarships will be made available to student applicants, including one specifically for women.