BIOGRAPHY CHRIS MICALLEF
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1967
COUNTRY OF BIRTH: MALTA
Chris 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 him best actor award. In 1980 he 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 nine awards both locally and abroad. These productions have won major awards in Malta, as well as international awards and highly commended diplomas in Austria, Spain, Ireland, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Canada, Japan, and the Channel Islands, including the prestigious Ten Best awards in Australia, England and the United States of America. Chris was also awarded the PSA VMPD title as holder of a gold medal award in a competition held in Mississippi, twice in succession, California and in Chicago, USA. Recent achievements are the Grand Jury Prize-Best Documentary Feature and Best Director in the New York Film & Video Festival that was held in Las Vegas 2005 and New York 2006, for the film, The Phoenicians, making this the first feature documentary film awarded in the professional level and documentary theatre show in Las Vegas.
The Phoenicians was also nominated for Best European Documentary for the International Film & Video Festival held in Poland in 2007. Excerpts of another documentary about the Mnajdra temple were also aired in Japan on TBS Vision and on Channel 4 in the UK. Other recent awards were the Rising Star Award and Award of Excellence in the Canadian Independent Film Festival in 2010 and 2011; awards for documentary and script-writing for the Phoenicians in the Accolade Competition 2010 and Best Shorts Competition in 2011; three Gold Awards in the Prestige Film Awards for documentary, research and history for The Phoenicians in 2011; two Indie Fest Awards and two Accolade awards, the Silver Sierra Award at Yosemite Film Festival and the Platinum Award in Nevada Film Festival for the Tal Qadi Stone in 2010 and in 2011 and Indie Fest Award for Creativity and Originality for the Experimental Film ‘19’ in 2011. The Phoenicians was also awarded the Platinum Award in the Hitflics Competition American Online Festival 2011. CMM Productions have to-date been awarded with 164 awards in film-making and are the first Maltese film-makers who have won in four different categories/genres in international competitions that is fiction, documentary, animation and experimental.
Chris Micallef is involved deeply in producing documentaries for One Productions Limited. He has already produced, directed and scripted a number of documentaries.
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 and the other is the enigmatic interpretation of the Tal Qadi stone, which may represent a moon calendar. He still occasionally delivers talks to foreign guests who are interested on his discoveries at Mnajdra. Both Professor Frank Ventura in his book ‘L-astronomija f’Malta’ and well known international author Graham Hancock mentions Chris’s theory on Mnajdra in his best seller ‘UnderWorld’ wheras Peter Marshall mentions the Tal Qadi stone proposal by Chris Micallef in his book, ‘Europe’s Lost Civilization’.