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It was only when Oscar started in 2005 that locals began formally learning how to craft and share their own fascinating stories through filmmaking.

In this hard-pressed land, helping survivors rebuild lives is vital, but so too are the arts which give us deeper connections, understanding and joy.  In all of Nepal, Oscar is the sole college that teaches the art of film.

In the words of Oscar’s Dean, filmmaker Binod Paudel:

“Crisis can create wonderful stories and narrative in cinema. So, we just want to experiment with lowest technologies to get better output and show the world that less money can create something very creative and beautiful too.

We will be grateful even if we can get outdated equipment such as HD cameras, some inexpensive lights and audio recorders in working condition.”

a 501(c) non-profit organization

Perhaps you would like to name a classroom or even the school building named after you (various rewards are listed below).

My perception about budget is different. I want to build the building creatively not lavishly. We do not need a lavish or standard kind of building. We are artists and we know how to survive in bad condition.

I want to make our simple building environmentally friendly, earthquake resistant and good-looking in very low cost. I have been researching related construction types and I can say that within 60 thousand US dollars, we can build such a building for 150 students."


Dean Binod Paudel

WORKING WITH NEPAL'S ONLY FILM SCHOOL

Oscar International College of Film Studies is one of the world’s most affordable non-subsidized film schools (tuition is $1,400/year; while 20% of the students have need-based scholarships), Oscar’s never had a lot of equipment: a single Red digital cinema camera and several 5Ds (professional HD video cameras), yet its impressive alumni have achieved recognition at major film festivals like Venice, Busan and Berlin.  Now, with the earthquake having destroyed much of that equipment, your pledges and encouragement will make a huge difference for these students. 

Amidst soaring Himalayan mountains and diverse cultures that fascinate the world, Nepal’s massive earthquake devastated that country’s only film school, Oscar International College of Film Studies.  Today its 120 pupils study under tents and in temporary shelters; their camera gear largely destroyed and classrooms condemned. Now your US tax-deductible donation can help.   It was only when Oscar started in 2005 that locals began formally learning how to craft and share their own fascinating stories through filmmaking.  In this hard-pressed land, helping survivors rebuild lives is vital, but so too are the arts which give us deeper connections, understanding and joy.  In all of Nepal, Oscar is the sole college that teaches the art of film.  In the words of Oscar’s Dean, filmmaker Binod Paudel:  “Crisis can create wonderful stories and narrative in cinema. So, we just want to experiment with lowest technologies to get better output and show the world that less money can create something very creative and beautiful too."

Through WE ONE's relationship with Oscar International College of FIlm Studies, Oscar Intl.. has already begun pre-production of a professional documentary regarding Saphalta School/Baby Life Home Orphanage for HIV children, Nepal's first orphanage for HIV children. in Kathmandu.  The documentary of this most compelling story will be shown internationally and should make it to PBS and many public access stations (at least) here in the U.S.  The documentary will not only produce great inspiration, but also raise significant, crucial funds and awareness for the orphanage.  Oscar International has also to give  offered to give full scholarships qualified HIV orphans at Saphalta School/Baby Life Home once they come of age.  This is especially wonderful because in Nepal and India a degree from a film school results in a paying job and profession (often not the case in the U.S.).  This is kinda huge.  Oscar International has generously offered to give a percentage of funds we raise for them through our fundraising to Baby LIfe Home, We One's primary and initial service connection in Nepal.  Already we support at least one orphan fully per year and are looking forward to assisting more.  Thank you.  WE ONE.