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We will be grateful even if we can get outdated equipment such as HD cameras, some inexpensive lights and audio recorders in working condition.”
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION
Patron Wall – donors’ names inscribed on a prominent wall or plaque in the main hall’s lobby - $150 donation.
Perhaps you would like to name a classroom or even the school building named after you (various rewards are listed below).
Donate Multiple Ways
- All Donations through WE ONE, either directly or through this site and it's Pay Pal donor buttons, are tax deductible. WE ONE has 501(c)3 status.
- DONATE YOUR USED CAMERA GEAR (It’s Tax-Deductible):
- Additionally, if you have gently-used Canon 5D cameras, lenses or gear and are based in LA, the Bay-area or South Florida, We One can collect
these donations AND provide tax write-offs for fair market value.
To arrange for donating equipment, contact We One's Yatin Parkhani at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (718) 312-9327Note: 5D camera donations are valued at Room Naming Rights reward-level.
“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
All net proceeds will go to these goals
HELP US REBUILD NEPAL'S ONLY FILM SCHOOL
Nepalese paper money - (even if you've never been to Nepal, the yak on the 5 rupee note you wave around makes it "debatable") - $50 donation
Executive Producer credit - on a student thesis film and digital download of the film - $300 donation.
Building Naming Rights – your last name or your company name on the building’s main façade, invitation to the grand opening ceremony as guest of honor, meals and quality accommodations provided (airfare not included). To safeguard your contribution, this $30,000 donation will be secured in the WE ONE account and released to Oscar International once the building reconstruction begins.
- Raise $10,000 to partially replace and deliver equipment destroyed in the earthquake, including:
- 3-4 Canon 5D or 7D DSLR camera-kits (used equipment donations are tax-deductible)
- 2-3 basic light kits
- 2 audio recorders (used equipment donations are tax-deductible)
- Since the earthquake, the entire student body has been sharing a single 5D camera to shoot their practical exams.
- Raise $10,000 to pay for a year’s rent of temporary classroom facilities while the school rebuilds.
- With the monsoon season upon us and then the Himalayan Winter approaching, funds will be used to rent space to temporarily house the
college’s classes while rebuilding begins.
- In the long run, about $60,000 will be necessary to rebuild the college classrooms and studio in a clever, environmentally friendly way.
- This additional $60,000 will complete the project. Money goes a long way in Nepal.
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.
Our Goals: After achieving and delivering one goal, we’ll focus on fulfilling the next.
- First raise $10,000 for camera and production gear (your donations of used equipment are tax-deductible, contact us for more details)
- Second raise another $10,000 for a year’s temporary classroom rent.
- If together, we make our first 2 goals, then our final goal is in reach too.
- Finally raise $60,000 to rebuild the main building in a creative, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and earthquake-resistant manner.
Permanent listing on a special Oscar International donor page website - $5 donation
Postcard from a film student in Nepal (cool stamps they've got there) - $20 donation.
Room Naming Rights – your last name or company name inscribed above a lecture room, studio or classroom’s entrance - $2,500 donation.