Ose Oyamendan is a Nigerian-American filmmaker based between Los Angeles, Lagos, and London. He has won awards from a few film festivals, including Tribeca, Rome, and Worldfest Houston. His works have played at over 60 film festivals around the world, on streaming platforms, cable, satellite, and national television stations, before world leaders, parliaments, and international NGOs. His debut feature documentary is the award-winning and critically acclaimed Middle East documentary ASWAT ACHERIM (Other Voices) about unlikely friends in Gaza and Sderot, the war zone of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He is an MFA graduate of Cinema-TV production from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His graduate thesis film, A FINAL WISH, is licensed by Apple as part of the Halloween collection. After graduating from film school, Ose gained valuable studio and business experience at Universal Pictures where he worked on some projects, including The Mummy series.
Before film school, Ose was at AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL where he worked extensively with the Administration, Congress and State Department. The experience influenced his one-hour drama, 200 South Capitol that was optioned by Fox Broadcasting Corporation. Ose also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communication from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
His production company, O2A Media Inc., produces content for film, television, and digital media. It also works in the field of political and advocacy communication. It has projects in America, Kenya, Israel, the Palestine Territories, and Nigeria. The principal goal of O2A Media, Inc. is bridging the cultural divide between Africa and the rest of the world with stories.
Before film, politics, and advocacy, Ose worked as an award-winning journalist for newspapers and television stations on four continents including BBC; Nigerian Television Authority; WEEKEND CONCORD; Associated Press and Frankfurter Allgemeine. In 2012, he was named the Creative Consultant for Ogilvy and Mather for Africa. In that role, he wrote and executive produced many of the agency’s commercials. In 2018, he founded the very popular and influential NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD, a showcase of the top Nigerian films in association with the University of Southern California and the Egyptian Theatre.