MARCELLE ABELA is a Maltese-American writer-director, producer and composer. She is the founding director of her own film production entity Avinu Films and the music label Sergius Records at Mixxejn Studio, which she runs. Abela's documentaries have won many international film festivals and her science shorts have been accepted into the official archives of the European Space Agency.
Abela's space science films Pillars of Creation, Aurora, Materre, and Red Glory were collectively awarded the Gold Prize at the prestigious Tsiolkovsky Space Film Festival held in Kaluga, Russian Federation, a festival supported by Roscosmos. Materre and Aurora have been awarded 1st and 2nd prize respectively at the China International Festival of Popular Science Works held in Beijing, while Red Glory also won Best Short Documentary in Cannes, Saint Petersburg, and Rome. Her poetic film Creation was awarded the Prix Hommage at the Festival International de Court-Metrages d'Auteurs et Narratif in Quebec, and Best Experimental Film at the Long Story Shorts International Film Festival in Bucharest.
Abela's feature directorial debut Mikha'El (2021) has won the European Best Documentary Award at the Brittany International Film Festival and Best Director twice: once at L-Age D'Or International Arthouse Film Festival and once at the Great Message International Film Festival in India. The documentary also won Best Score at the Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles and the Award of Recognition for Original Score at the Impact DOCS Awards. L'Age D'Or also awarded Mikha'El two Outstanding Achievement Awards: one for Best Documentary and one for Best Film Score. An avid reader and movie lover since childhood, Abela considers her films to have been influenced by the works of Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
On the music front, Abela's composition Deep Winter, an orchestral single inspired by frozen tundras, was awarded Best Music at the Tracks Music Awards in California. Her first EP titled Explorations, which was inspired by the coronavirus lockdowns, won an Honorable Mention at the 10th People's Film Festival - Music Edition in Harlem. Abela is currently in pre-production on her second feature documentary America's Woman: The History Not Told, which is expected to be released in 2023.