Alina Manolache is a documentary film director and producer based in Bucharest, Romania. Featured by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the top 5 female directors of IDFA 2020, Manolache is an alumna of Visions du Réel, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Jihlava, Taormina, Dokufest and other prestigious festivals around the globe. She has authored several acclaimed shorts and one feature length documentary (Lost Kids On the Beach), as well as commissioned webdocs for VICE and The Guardian.
Manolache’s early filmography includes End of Summer, Your Visit Starts Here, followed by the more recent 2020: A Covid Space Odyssey and I AM HERE. She has served on juries for CPH:DOX, Mons Film Festival, Kimolos Film Festival and more.
She holds a Master’s in Media Studies and a Bachelor’s in Photography and Video Art by the Bucharest University of Fine Arts. Between 2012-2014, she lived in France. First in Grenoble, as a scholar of École Supérieure d’Art et Design, then in Paris, as an artist-in-residence working on a project about Centre Pompidou’s museum guards.
A graduate of Archidoc Lisbon – Paris – Nyon, Aristoteles Workshop — ARTE France and Sarajevo Talent Campus, she was also the recipient of grants from Creative Europe MEDIA, Romanian Film Fund, National Television, among others.
Since 2018, Manolache regularly gives lectures and contributes as a mentor at documentary workshops.