Alina Manolache is a Romanian filmmaker. Her practice stands at the intersection between documentary cinema, artistic research and education. Featured by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the best female directors of IDFA 2020, Manolache has authored several acclaimed shorts and one feature, as well as commissioned webdocs for VICE and The Guardian. She has served on international juries and has given masterclasses and mentorship to aspiring filmmakers. She is a visiting lecturer at Hochschule Design & Kunst Luzern, MA Film, and a member of Documentary Association Europe.
Alina Manolache’s films investigate collectives and shared experiences, aiming ‘to make visible what happens when individuals breathe the same air’. Under this research umbrella, she made award-winning films about her own generation / post-communist youth (Lost Kids on the Beach, IDFA 2020, CPH:DOX 2021), space exploration during Covid (2020: A Covid Space Odyssey, The Guardian 2020), coming-of-age in rural areas (End of Summer, Visions du Reel 2016), life of workers in contemporary art museums (Your Visit Starts Here, Centre Pompidou 2015). Her most recent work revolves around science and technology, reflecting on how artificial entities see the human world – I AM HERE (Jihlava, 2020), 3 Dialogues About the Future (Kasseler Dokfest 2022).
Born in 1990, Manolache holds a BA in Photography & Video by the Bucharest University of Fine Arts and a MA in Society & Media Studies. A graduate of Archidoc Lisbon-Paris-Nyon, Sarajevo Talent Campus, IDFA Academy Amsterdam, she was a scholar of École Supérieure d’Art et Design in Grenoble, and an artist-in-residence in Paris. She is currently based in Bucharest, but her film projects and teaching commissions take her to different parts of the world.