Alina Manolache is a documentary filmmaker and artist based in Bucharest, whose practice stands at the intersection between 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 juries for CPH:DOX, Mons Film Festival, Kimolos Film Festival, among others, and she has been actively contributing as a mentor and guest lecturer at documentary workshops, film events, and in the classroom.
Born in 1990, Manolache spent the first 18 years of her life in Piatra-Neamt, then moved to the capital for her studies. She holds a Bachelor’s in Photography & Video Art 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. She has dedicated her filmography to choral, patchwork films, investigating the personal within the collective — from the very first titles, Your Visit Starts Here and End of Summer — to her latest, Lost Kids on the Beach, 2020: A Covid Space Odyssey and I AM HERE.
Currently, Alina Manolache lives in Romania, but her process-driven, exploratory film projects – as well as her activity as a mentor – take her to different parts of the world.