To Guard a Mountain

Original Format: Arri Alexa

Year of Released: 2012

Running Time: 25 min.

Director: Izer Aliu

Producer: Elisabeth Kvithyll

Editor: Alline de Almeida Lande

Screen Writer: Tor Hubro Stene

Director of Photography: John – Erling Holmenes Fredriksen

Principal Cast: Burham Amiti, Besim Murtezani, Altin Axhani

Brief Synopsis:

The only yearning 12-year-old Isa has is for his father to perceive him as a man – and men don’t cry. When Isa looses one of the poor familiy’s sheep, he and his little brother Hamid, must obey their father’s order and get the sheep back. On the top of the mountain Hamid becomes life-threatening hurt and Isa finds himself in a dilemma: Should he be a man and abide by his father’s order, or should he get his little brother down from the mountain as soon as he can?


  • Grand Prix du Jury Films D’ecoles Europeens & Prix des etudiants d’Angeers – Films D’ecoles Europeens – Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2014
  • Best Cinematography – Festival ZUBROFFKA, Poland, 2013
  • Student Jury’s Prize and Jury’s Special Prize – Rencontres Henri Langlois Festival International des Ecoles de Cinema, Poitiers, France, 2013
  • Best Live Action Short Award – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Audience Award for Best Short Fiction Film – Central and Eastern European Film Festival “CinEast”, Luxembourg, 2013
  • The Golden Chair Award for Best Short Film and The Writers Guild of Norway’s Award for Best Screenplay: Tineglasset – The Hourglass – Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway, 2013
  • Best Direction – Tetova International Film Festival (ODA), Tetovo, Macedonia, 2013
  • Best Short Film – Asterfest – International Short Film Festival, Strumica, Macedonia, 2013
  • Honorable mention – Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway, 2013
  • AMANDA Award for Best Short Film – Norwegian International Film Festival, Norway, 2012
  • Best Norwegian Short Film Award – Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2012
  • Best Cinematography – Den norske studentfilmfestival, Norway, 2012


  • Short Film Festival of Grenoble, France, 2016
  • Poznan International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland, 2013
  • The Golden Elephant – International Children’s Film Festival, India, 2013
  • Alcine – Alcala de Henares Film Festival, Spain, 2013
  • International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France, 2013
  • International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Bitola, Macedonia, 2013
  • Dokufest – International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren, Kosovo, 2013
  • Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, CA, USA, 2013
  • Love&Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, 2013
  • Roshd International Educational Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2013
  • Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia, 2013
  • Verdal International Film and Theatre Festival, Norway, 2012
  • Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway, 2012

Production Companies:
Veda Films
Socijalistichka zora  36-1/3
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Den Norske Filmskolen
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Postboks 956
2624 Lillehammer