To Guard a Mountain

Original Format:
Arri Alexa
Year of Released:
Running Time:
25 min.
Izer Aliu
Elisabeth Kvithyll
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
Gudbrandsdalsvegen 350
Postboks 956
2624 Lillehammer