Alina Manolache is a documentary film director currently based in Bucharest, Romania. Featured by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the top 5 female directors of IDFA 2020, Manolache has made films for The Guardian and VICE and has been awarded grants from Creative Europe MEDIA, Romanian Film Fund, National Television, Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris, and other organisations. She is an alumna of Visions du Réel, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Jihlava, Taormina and many more.
Manolache has directed several acclaimed shorts and one feature length documentary. Her 70-minute project, Lost Kids On the Beach, has screened in ”Best of Fests” at IDFA 2020 and in “Highlights” at CPH:DOX 2021. End of Summer has premiered at Visions du Réel 2016 and has been highly popular in cinemas, festivals, universities and community events. Alina Manolache was given a docuArt “Best Director” Award for this film. Her filmography also includes titles such as 2020: A Covid Space Odyssey (The Guardian, 2020), Disco is Dead (VICE, 2017), Your Visit Starts Here (Centre Pompidou, 2015), I AM HERE (international release – 2021).
Manolache received her MA in Media Studies and her BA in Photography and Video Art at The University of Fine Arts. As an Erasmus grantee, she spent a term in Grenoble, France, at École Supérieure d’Art et Design. But she is probably most proud of being a graduate of many prestigious international film labs, including Archidoc — Lisbon University of Fine Arts, La Fémis Paris and Pitching du Réel Nyon, Aristoteles Workshop — ARTE France, Sarajevo Talent Campus. Since 2018, Manolache contributes herself as a mentor at documentary workshops.