8° FFF – L’angolo degli Autori –”THE ROMANS”

Rome, from a humble beginning grew into one of the greatest empires ever known, lasting almost a thousand years. In order to figure out of who were the Romans, it is imperative to understand from where all this started.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Our mission at CMM PRODUCTIONS is to promote Maltese heritage and culture abroad through our productions.

Chris & Maurice Micallef

MAURICE MICALLEF M.O.M.

(DIRECTOR)

Maurice Micallef, has an impressive track record in film-making, which goes back to 1964 when he produced his first documentary ‘A Glance at Valletta’-a twelve minute insight of the capital city. In 1972, with the help of the Italian government, Maurice was sent to RAI studios in Rome where he gained technical know how and experience which were to become an asset in his film-making career. From those days on, Maurice never looked back and produced to date 39 productions.

The critically-acclaimed winning documentary about ‘The Phoenicians’ which has garnered no less than 29 international awards amongst them the Grand Jury Prize in the IMDB rated New York International Film and Video Festival in 2005, brought to life the Phoenician world as never seen before and deals with who were the Phoenicians, what were they famous for and what was their effect on the Maltese population. The Phoenicians was selected as the best documentary feature after receiving top-ranking votes from the festival judges. The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival is a highly prestigious festival and that particular edition included a production by George Clooney as executive producer. Other top names associated with works exhibited in this festival included Rod Steiger, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Vin Diesel, Andy Garcia and Cameron Diaz.

Maurice is a multiple-award winner that he managed to achieve through a number of documentaries that he directed throughout the years.

The Kannizzati Fishing documentary won 41 international awards in film festivals, amongst which include IMDb rated competitions in Hollywood. The Giant Deep Reds documentary won 120 international film awards in several film festivals.

Today Maurice is retired. Throughout his filming career Maurice managed to win 609 awards in international film festivals on four continents. Between 1954 and 1959 he worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital as a radiographer and later at the bacteriological laboratory. Later in 1964 he was technical officer at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology at Msida.

Maurice Micallef M.O.M. was appointed as Member of the National Order of Merit during the 2014 Gieh ir-Repubblika for his continuous drive in promoting Maltese cultural heritage through his documentaries.

Dr Ing. CHRIS MICALLEF M.Q.R.

(WRITER/PRODUCER)

Dr Ing. Chris Micallef started his filming career way back in 1977 at the age of nine in one of his father’s productions, (Maurice Micallef) in “The Boy and the Red Ball”. This film won Chris the best actor award and the Bronze Medal in the XXIII Cannes International Film Festival. In 1980 Chris repeated his best acting performance in yet another of his father’s films “My Brother’s Keeper”. In 1985, Chris started producing his own productions. “Life Line for a City”, his first documentary about the aqueducts in Malta won him no less than eighteen awards both locally and abroad. Throughout the years, other productions produced by Chris Micallef have won major awards in Malta, as well as international film festival awards in competitions held in Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Nepal, Portugal, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Yugoslavia and the United States of America.

Teaming up with his father Maurice, CMM Productions have to-date been awarded with 609 awards in film-making. CMM Productions have won in four different categories/genres in international competitions that is fiction/drama, documentary, animation and experimental in four continents.

Chris is an engineer by profession. Today, Chris is the Department Manager (People Management) of Jobsplus. He studied engineering at the University of Malta and graduated in 1992. In 2000 he obtained his Masters degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College and in 2009 obtained his doctorate degree in social sciences from the University of Leicester. He became the first Maltese to graduate with a doctorate degree in social sciences from the University of Leicester. He also holds a diploma in Art from the School of Art, Valletta.

His research for the documentary on the Mnajdra temples has led towards the publication of two papers on prestigious scientific journals, one on his discovery of the Mnajdra lower temple’s main axis aligned towards the phases of the moon and the possible use of the megalithic yard as a possible measurement that the ancients used to construct the temple. The other scientific paper is the interpretation of the enigmatic Tal Qadi stone, which may represent a moon calendar. Professor Frank Ventura in his book ‘L-astronomija f’Malta’ and well known international author Graham Hancock in his best seller ‘UnderWorld’ mention Chris’s theory on Mnajdra. Peter Marshall mentions the Tal Qadi stone proposal by Chris Micallef in his book, ‘Europe’s Lost Civilization’.

Dr Ing. Chris Micallef M.Q.R. was awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika during the 2016 Gieh ir-Repubblika for his scientific research on Maltese megalithic temples.

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