Battle of the ‘woods’

If you’re planning on starting a movie industry, it’s as simple as adding ‘wood’ to the end of whatever name you choose, think… Lukewood, Adamwood, Luciawood, Maverickwood, O’Donellwood, Sullivanwood, OMGwood, LOLwood, Followwood, I’mjustgoingbythetrendwood, amateurwood, or Ican’tfindmypantswood. Trust me, you’re likely to get more attention with those. The various ‘woods’ below is testimony to that, unlike UK’s movie industry (which I find unique anyway) which opted out with the name ‘Coronation Street’

The next time you invite an A-lister to feature in your movie (That is, if you’re residence in another country) they’re gonna be asking: “Which of the woods am I getting an invite to?”

Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, United States (yes, it’s not a movie industry in itself, as popular opinion holds) The place situated west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles, got it’s cultural identity as the center of movie studios and movie stars when movie making activities increased in the early 20th century.

India has the largest share of names after Hollywood to represent the local movie industries. Although, many names like Bollywood are popular worldwide, others haven’t gained much popularity.

Bollywood – After Hollywood, the Indian movie industry is considered to be the biggest in the world. Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. The largest part in the Indian movie industry is located in Mumbai, popularly known as Bollywood – an amalgamation of Bombay and Hollywood. 

Chhollywood –  is the colloquial name given to the Chhattisgarhi language movie industry in Chhattisgarh, India.

Kollywood – a portmanteau of the words Kodambakkam – an area of Chennai, where Tamil language feature films are produced – and Hollywood. Kollywood is the colloquial name given to the Tamil language film industry, based in the Kodambakkam district of Chennai, India.

Kollywood West and South – refers to Tamil movies produced in western countries. Kollywood West can refer to Tamil films produced in Europe and North America and the term Kollywood South refers to Tamil movies made in Singapore, Sri Lanka and India.

Jollywood –  is the colloquial name given to the Assamese language movie industry based in Jyoti Chitraban, Guwahati, Assam.

Dholiwood –  refers to the cinema of Gujarati Language in Gujarat, India.

Ollywood – Oriya Film Industry in India. Ollywood is the colloquial name given to the Oriya language movie industry in Odisha, India.

Tollywood – Tamil Film Industry (more popular) but it was originally termed for West Bengal Film industry after Tollygunj and Bollywood in 1932 by Wilford E. Deming, an American Cinematographer. The name is referred to as the first Hollywood inspired name. Tollywood may refer to the Bengali film industry in Tollygunge, West Bengal, India. It was the first Hollywood-inspired nickname, dating back to 1932 and the Telugu film industry in Andhra Pradesh.

Mollywood – The term refers to the Mlayalam film industry in India. Mollywood may also refer to the Malayalam film industry in the state of Kerala.

Punjwood – Punjabi language movie industry in India.
Punjwood refers to the Punjabi language film industry in India.

Sandalwood – Kannada language film industry in Karnataka, India. Sandalwood refers to the Kannada language film industry in Karnataka, India.

Sollywood – Sindh language movie industry in India. Sollywood has been used to refer to the Sindhi film industry.

Kollywood (Nepal) –  refers to movies made in the capital, Kathmandu, Nepal. Also: Kaliwood refers to the cinema of Nepal, the capital of which is Kathmandu.

Apart from the US and India, other parts of the world are also obsessed by the word ‘Wood’:

Bulawood – Fiji film industry. The word Bula is a word of greeting in Fijian language. Bulawood is the name given to the Fiji film industry, Bula being a greeting in the Fijian language.

Chollywood – Peruvian film industry. Chollywood refers to the Peruvian film industry. It is also spelled “Choliwood”

Kabulwood – represents Afghan Cinema. Kabulwood is the name of Afghan Cinema.

Lolywood – Pakistani Film Industry, named for Lahore, Pakistan based movies. The word was first coined in 1989 by a gossip columnist Saleem Nasir.

Kariwood – Karachi film industry – named after Pakistani capital Karachi.
Kariwood refers to the Pakistani film industry, based in the city of Karachi.

Pollywood – Pasthu film industry in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pollywood is the colloquial name given to the Pashtu language movie industry in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Dhallywood (Dhaliwood) – Bangladeshi film industry; a portmanteau of the words Dhaka and Hollywood; Dhaliwood or Dhallywood refers to the Bangladeshi film industry, based in the city of Dhaka.

Hollywood North – the film industry in Canada, specifically Vancouver and Toronto, is termed Hollywood North. The term has been in use to describe Canadian film and television production since the late 1970s.

Trollywood –  is the informal name for a film production facility in Trollhättan Municipality, Sweden.

Riverwood – is the name for the film industry in Kenya. Its name is from the street River Road.

Somaliwood -refers to the film industry that has sprung up around the Somali immigrant community of Columbus, Ohio.

Swahiliwood – refers to the cinema of Tanzania.

Gollywood –  is the nickname for the film industry in the state of Gujarat. Also a name for the movie industry in Ghana.

Tamalewood – is the nickname for the film industry in the state of New Mexico.

Hollywood of the East – Egypt movie industry.

Wellywood – Cinema of Wellington New Zealand. Wellywood refers to Wellington, New Zealand – home of Weta Workshop,Weta Digital and Peter Jackson’s film studio.

Mollywood – refers to the Mormon film industry in the United States.

Nollywood – Cinema of Nigeria. Nollywood is the Nigerian film industry.

Igbowood – refers to the film industry responsible for producing movies in Igbo language, Nigeria.

Yoruwood –  refers to the film industry responsble for producing movies in Yoruba language, Nigeria.

Kannywood – refers to the film industry in Kano, Nigeria.

Sollywood – South Africa Film Industry.

Gollywood – Ghana movie industry. Also: Anansekrom is the name for the film industry in Ghana.

Collywood –  Refers to the Cameroonian film industry. It can also be referred to as Camollywood.

Hollyhammar – refers to the film industry in Hallstahammar, Sweden.

… Just so you know:

Dollywood is an amusement park owned by Dolly Parton. It may also be used as an alternative spelling for Dhaliwood.

Pinewood – Name given because of the pine trees surrounding it. It’s located in Buckinghamshire, England.

Valleywood is the informal name for the Dragon International film studio complex in Wales.

Chinawood is a nickname for the Hengdian World Studio, the largest filmstudio in China.

Kgalewood refers to an area at the bottom of Kgale Hill in Gaborone, Botswana, the set for the TV series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

“FC Hollywood” is a nickname for FC Bayern Munich, used especially by German media in the 1990s, an era in which Bayern players were as likely to appear in gossip pages as in sports pages.

“Mollywood” is sometimes jokingly used to describe the Hollywood Sign-inspired town name on the hillside at the eastern edge of Mosgiel in New Zealand.

Etyekwood is the informal name given in the media to Hungary’s new Korda Studios under construction in the wine-making village of Etyek near Budapest.

Pallywood is a term used by conservative commentators to describe alleged anti-Israeli media manipulation through video footage.


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