Mirella Martinelli is a filmmaker born and raised in Brazil. She graduated in film from the University of São Paulo - School of Communications and Arts. Mirella worked in the Brazilian film industry from 1982 to 2011 as an editor, screenwriter, director, producer and film professor. She received numerous awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Editor.
From 1996 to 2011 Mirella Martinelli divided her time between Brazil and the United States. She edited several feature films and taught film at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Tampa. Mirella was awarded by American Cinema Editors, received a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation and her screenplay “Goodbye Mom” was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters' Lab.
Nowadays Mirella Martinelli lives in Sarasota, Florida. Known locally as ‘Mica’, she is a member of AFTA – Association of Florida Teaching Artists. She teaches film at AFTA programs and at Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project. Mica also creates videos for local artists and social causes while working as an editor in bigger productions, such as Piscina (Pool, 2016, directed by Leandro Goddinho). In 2017 Pool received 33 awards in international film festivals, including Best Foreign Language Short Film at the Orlando Film Festival, the Audience Award for Short Film at the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the jury’s Honorable Mention at the Outshine Film Festival in Miami.
Each year Sarasota Arts & Culture Alliance awards the Ringling Towers Fund grant to Individual Artist in the disciplines of performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts. In 2017 Mirella Martinelli received this grant to produce Frenemies. The Individual Artist Award recognizes practicing professional artists residing in Sarasota County and supports these artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability to continue to produce work.