Amar Wala

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme


Amar is a Mumbai born, Toronto based director known for his complex, deeply moving, and richly visual filmmaking. Amar is a CSA nominee, and recipient of the prestigious Vanguard Award from the DOC Institute. His award-winning works include his debut feature doc The Secret Trial 5 (‘14), which received a Jury Prize at Hot Docs and was named one of the Top Ten Docs of the Decade by Realscreen Magazine. From there, Amar would direct numerous acclaimed series for CBC, Vice, and Bell Media among others, including the CBC doc series Witness (Hot Docs, Doc NYC ‘23), which he created, directed and produced.

In 2018 Amar would return to his scripted roots with the award-winning short film Shook, which would later be expanded into his scripted feature debut starring Saamer Usmani (Succession, Inventing Anna) and Amy Forsyth (CODA, Gilded Age). The film slated to be released in late 2024 by Elevation Pictures.


Selected Film & Television

SHOOK, Scripted Feature
Writer, Director, Producer | Pre-Production, Telefilm Canada

WITNESS, Documentary Series, CBC
Creator, Director, Producer | 6 Episodes | 2023

NEXT STOP, Scripted Digital Series, CBC Gem
Executive Producer | 10 Episodes | 2021
-Nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards

SUPERFAN: The Nav Bhatia Story, Documentary, CBC
Writer, Director | 2021

SHOOK, Scripted Short
Writer, Director | 2018
Official Selection:
-Reel World | Reel Asian

IN THE MAKING, Documentary Series, CBC
Director, Consulting Producer | 5 Episodes | 2018 – 2019
-Nominated for 5 Canadian Screen Awards

SALAAM B’Y, Documentary Short
Producer, Director | 2018
-Official Selection of 20 International Film Festivals
-Available on Amazon Prime

THE SECRET TRIAL 5, Feature Documentary, Blue Ice Docs
Writer, Director, Producer | 2014
Official Selection:
-Hot Docs | Montreal (RIDM) | Sao Paulo | Budapest | Calgary |Amnesty International (Vancouver)

THE GOOD SON, Scripted Short
Writer, Director, Producer | 2008
Official Selection:
-Dubai | Cinesiege (Toronto) | Wildsound (Toronto) | Mississauga |Cinefest (Sudbury)


Canadian Screen Award Nomination, Next Stop | 2022
Vanguard Award | Documentary Organization of Canada
Local Film Hero | 2019 & 2021 | NOW Magazine

Salaam B’y:
2018 Award of Commendation | Canada Shorts Festival
2018 Best Doc | Canadian Diversity Film Festival
2018 Best Short Doc | Redline International Film Festival
2018 Best Short Doc | Central Alberta Film Festival
2018 Best Doc | MIFF Film Festival

The Secret Trial 5:
Top 10 Docs of the Decade | Playback Magazine
Top 10 Films of 2014 | NOW Magazine
2014 Magnus Isacsson Award | RIDMSpecial Jury Award, Best Emerging Filmmaker | Hot Docs
Top Ten Audience Favourite | Hot Docs Audience Award | Amnesty International Film Festival

The Good Son:
Top 10 Local Filmmakers 2008 | NOW Magazine Best Screenplay | Cinesiege

Education & Related Experience


IMAGES FESTIVAL, Chair – Board of Directors
2014 – 2018

B.F.A Specialized Honours, Film Production
York University | Magna cum Laude | 2008

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