Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Alena Lodkina

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: East Melbourne, AUSTRAILIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Alena Lodkina is a Russian-born Australian filmmaker and writer. Her fiction and documentary short films have screened internationally. Alena’s writing on film has appeared in Senses of Cinema, 4:3 Journal, Meanjin, and Fireflies.

Her first feature film, Strange Colours (2017), which she directed and co-wrote, was developed through the Venice Biennale College. It premiered at Venice Film Festival and toured around the world before its cinematic release in Australia. Petrol (2022), her second feature film as writer and director, premiered at Locarno Film Festival and was shown at New Directors/ New Series at Lincoln Centre and MoMa in 2023.

While at MacDowell, Lodkina completed the first draft of her third feature film script Twice Over.



Alena Lodkina worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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