The Maltese-American documentary filmmaker and composer Marcelle Abela, of Avinu Films, has won a prestigious Award of Recognition from The 2021 Impact DOCS Awards Competition. The award was given for Abela's exciting original film score of the feature documentary Mikha'El, which is the first historically accurate film about the great Archangel in cinema history. Mikha'El was shot on location in eight continents. Additional music in the film was provided by the Australian composer Peter Cavallo and cello solos were performed by the Italian soloist Angelo Maria Santisi. The Impact DOCS Award of Recognition is the third to be received by Abela for her film score in Mikha'El and the seventh overall award for the documentary as it proceeds in its festival run. The soundtrack of the film is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
Impact DOCS recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the film and television industry.
In winning an Impact DOCS award, Marcelle Abela joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos for his 2016 Best of Show – Racing Extinction, Oscar winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and Emmy Award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless Corridors narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, and many more. Rick Prickett, who chairs Impact DOCS, had this to say about the latest winners: “The judges and I were simply blown away by the variety and immensely important documentaries we screened. Impact DOCS is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. Impact DOCS helps set the standard for craft and creativity as well as power catalysts for global change. The goal of Impact DOCS is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication and work.”
The documentary Mikha'El has won the European Best Documentary Award at the Brittany International Film Festival, which was held in Locronan on July 5 to 10, 2021. The debut feature film written and directed by Marcelle Abela representing the country of Malta, produced with Mariella Delia, starring a large ensemble cast and narrated by Warren Wilcock, won this award during its French premiere, from among 60 official selections originating from the European continent and a total of 89 selections from around the world. In their comments about the film, the jury thanked Abela "for making us travel around the world to discover the exploits of Archangel Michel, the prince of the heavenly army whose name means: Who is like God?" This is the sixth award for Mikha'El, having earlier this year won two Best Director awards, one Best Documentary award, and two Best Film Score awards in Los Angeles and India respectively. The original music for the film was composed by Marcelle Abela, with additional music by Peter Cavallo. The documentary will be released to the public later this year.