Marcelle Abela is a Maltese-American writer-director and the founder of Avinu Films. She is the sole filmmaker in the history of Jerry Rudes’s prestigious Cinemonde series in New York City to have two films chosen for screening. Her documentaries have won recognition at several international film festivals and her science short films have been accepted into the official archives of the European Space Agency.
Marcelle has received seven best picture awards in Beijing, Los Angeles, Rome, Pune, and Saint Petersburg; one award for best editing and twenty-three nominations for her work in film, including for best female director and best original concept. Her films have been screened in the US, Europe, China, India, Japan, and the Russian Federation. They have also been broadcast in America.
A violinist and the author of ten books, one of which received praise from Barack Obama, Marcelle is particularly inspired in her filmmaking journey by the works of Werner Herzog, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Hans Zimmer. At present Marcelle is in production on her debut feature film Mikha’El, the first historically accurate docudrama on the great archangel in cinema history.