A true crowdfunding success story, The Secret Trial 5 was shot over four years on funds raised primarily through public contributions. Using their animated trailer, the filmmakers reached out to Canadians and raised nearly $50,000 through two campaigns before being selected as recipients of Telefilm Canada’s inaugural Micro-Budget Program. For the producers, the success of their crowdfunding campaigns was proof that at the very least, Canadians wanted to know more about this issue.
While traveling back and forth for shoots in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, first time filmmakers Amar Wala and Noah Bingham stayed true to their grassroots, community-based approach to production by constantly sharing progress and staying connected with their supporters.
The film premiered at the 2014 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival where it was a Top Ten Audience Favourite and garnered director Amar Wala a Special Jury Mention for Emerging Filmmaker.
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