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. Marcelle's documentaries have won many international film festivals and her science shorts have been accepted into the official archives of the European Space Agency.
Marcelle's space science films Pillars of Creation, Aurora, Materre, and Red Glory were last year 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 had previously been awarded 1st and 2nd prize respectively at the China International Festival of Popular Science Works held in Beijing. Red Glory also won Best Short Documentary three times in Cannes, Saint Petersburg and Rome. Her poetic film Creation was awarded both 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 held in Bucharest.
Marcelle's feature directorial debut Mikha'El (2021), which is commencing its festival run, has already been twice awarded Best Director at L-Age D'Or International Arthouse Film Festival and the Great Message International Film Festival, both of them held in India earlier this year. The film also won Best Score at the Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles. L'Age D'Or also awarded Mikha'El two Outstanding Achievement Awards: one for Best Documentary and one for Best Film Score. The documentary has been nominated for the Pigeon D'Or Award.
On the musical front, Marcelle's Deep Winter released in January, an orchestral single inspired by frozen tundras, was awarded Best Music at the Tracks Music Awards, while another single Apeiron Chronos has become an Official Selection. Deep Winter and Explorations, the latter her first EP inspired by the coronavirus lockdowns, are also Final Music Selections at the 10th People's Film Festival in Harlem, New York City. Marcelle is currently in pre-production on her second feature documentary America's Woman: The History Not Told, which is expected to commence production later this year and be released in 2023. She is also in the process of completing and releasing a new single, The Great River, which has been inspired by the Mississippi while carrying out developmental research for America's Woman.