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 is an alumna of Visions du Réel, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Jihlava, Taormina, Doku:Fest and many other prestigious festivals around the globe. Manolache has directed several acclaimed shorts and one feature length documentary (Lost Kids On the Beach), as well as commissioned webdocs for VICE and The Guardian.
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, schools, 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 (part of the omnibus “Journey Around the Home in 60 Days”, 2021).
Manolache has also been awarded grants from Creative Europe MEDIA, Romanian Film Fund, National Television, Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris, and other organisations. She received her MA in Media Studies and her BA in Photography and Video Art at The Bucharest University of Fine Arts. As an Erasmus grantee, she spent a term in Grenoble, France, at École Supérieure d’Art et Design. She is a graduate of many international film labs, including Archidoc Lisbon – Paris – Nyon, Aristoteles Workshop — ARTE France, Sarajevo Talent Campus.
Since 2018, Manolache constantly contributes as a mentor at documentary workshops.