MARCELLE ABELA, a Maltese-American filmmaker, writer, and composer, is making waves in the international film and music scene. As the founder-director of Avinu Films and Sergius Records, her documentaries have won numerous awards and her science shorts are included in the European Space Agency's official archives.
Abela's feature directorial debut Mikha'El (2021) won European Best Documentary Award at the Brittany International Film Festival. The film also won multiple Best Director, Best Original Film Score, and Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles, India and Portugal. Her latest short film Ukraine's Soul: A Tribute to Heroes won Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Soundtrack awards in London, Athens, Kolkata, Busan, and Odesa.
As a composer, Abela's Poème for piano solo, recorded by Steinway artist Harry Nowakowki-Fox, won a Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards in San Diego. Both her live synthesizer performance Seeking the Mesosphere and her orchestral composition Deep Winter won Best Music at the Tracks Music Awards in Los Angeles. Abela's first Explorations album, produced during the recent pandemic, also received an Honorable Mention at the Music Edition - 10th People's Film Festival in Harlem, New York City.
Abela is currently in the depths of the late stages of post-production on her second feature documentary America's Woman, which is expected to be released later this year. She was inspired to do this film, because of her passion for American history and culture as a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Abela's films are influenced by the works of Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, and Andrei Tarkovsky. She has been an avid reader and movie lover since childhood.
Filmmaking is poetry in action.