MARCELLE ABELA is a Maltese-American documentary filmmaker, composer, and writer. Founding director of Avinu Films and Sergius Records. Abela's documentaries have won many international festivals and her science shorts are in the official archives of the European Space Agency. Abela's feature directorial debut Mikha'El (2021) was awarded European Best Documentary Award at the Brittany International Film Festival. It also won Best Director and two Outstanding Achievement Awards for Best Documentary and Best Film Score respectively at L-Age D'Or International Arthouse Film Festival. Mikha'El also garnered the Best Documentary Director Award at the Great Message International Film Festival in India.
On the musical front, Mikha'El won Best Score at the Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles and the Award of Recognition for Original Score at the Impact DOCS Awards. It was also given a Bronze Medal at the 2021 Global Music Awards in San Diego. Meanwhile, her latest short film Ukraine's Soul: A Tribute to Heroes has been awarded Best Director and Best Documentary at the Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards in India. It also won Best Soundtrack at the Onyko Films Awards in Ukraine. An avid reader and movie lover since childhood, Abela considers her films to be influenced by the works of Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
As composer, Abela's Deep Winter, an orchestral piece inspired by frozen tundras, won Best Music at the Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles, while her first EP titled Explorations, inspired by the coronavirus lockdowns, was given an Honorable Mention at the 10th People's Film Festival (Music Edition) in Harlem. Abela's Poème, a composition for piano solo recorded by the Steinway artist Harry Nowakowki-Fox, was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2022 Global Music Awards in San Diego. Abela is in post-production on her second feature documentary America's Woman, which is expected to be released in 2023.