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 top 5 female directors of IDFA 2020, Manolache is an alumna of Visions du Réel, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Jihlava, 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. She has served on international juries (CPH:DOX, Mons Film Festival, among others) and she has been actively contributing as a mentor and guest lecturer at documentary workshops, events, and in the academia.
Born in 1990, Manolache holds a Bachelor’s in Photography & Video by the Bucharest University of Fine Arts and a Master’s in Society & Media Studies. She is a graduate of Archidoc, Aristoteles Workshop, Sarajevo Talent Campus and IDFAcademy, among others. Between 2012-2014, she lived and worked in France. First in Grenoble, as a scholar of École Supérieure d’Art et Design, then in Paris, as an artist-in-residence with a project at Centre Pompidou.
Her filmography consists of exploratory, choral films, that investigate identity, belonging and shared experiences. So far, she has navigated topics like post-communist generations (Lost Kids on the Beach, IDFA 2020), surveillance (I AM HERE, Jihlava 2020), space exploration (2020: A Covid Space Odyssey, The Guardian 2020), youth (End of Summer, Visions du Reel 2016), museums (Your Visit Starts Here, Centre Pompidou 2015), human-machine relationships (3 Dialogues About the Future, in production). Her work work has been reviewed by The Guardian, Filmmaker, The Calvert Journal, VICE, Aeon, POV and more.
Currently, Alina Manolache lives in Romania, but her research-based film projects – as well as her activity as a mentor – take her to different parts of the world.