To Guard a Mountain | Izer Aliu - Movie Director | Veda FIlm Productions

To Guard a Mountain (25’)

Izer Aliu



a film by Izer Aliu

Original title: Å vokte fjellet

Genre: Drama

Production Year: 2012

Country: Norway, Macedonia,

Production: Den Norske Filmskolen (NO)

VEDA Film Productions (MK)

with the participation of North Macedonian Film Agency


Shepherd Isa (9) must obey his father's strict order to bring back 

the lost lamb. In the mountain, Hamid (5), his little brother is wounded 

and Isa must decide whether he should do as told or follow his own instinct.


Directed by Izer Aliu

Written by Tor Hubro Stene

Produced by Elisabeth Kvithyll, Elena Stanisheva

Director of Photography: John-Erling H. Fredriksen

Edited by Alline de Almeida Lande

Costume Design by Ilina Angelovska

Make up by Goran Ignjatovski

Sound editing by Jesper Miller


Besim Murtezani as Isa, 

Altin Axhani as Hamid, 

Burham Amiti as the Father

Festivals (selected):

Chicago International Children's Film Festival, USA (Won: 1st Prize for Life-Action Film); 

40th Student Academy Award (Nominee in Foreign Category), LA, USA;

CEZAR French Film Academy, France - Les Nuits en Or ; 

Short Corner - CANNES International Film Festival, France; 

43rd Roshd International Educational Film Festival, Tehran, Iran; 

Norwegin Short Film Festival (Won: Best Short Film);

Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren, Kosovo (Won: Best Director); 

Central and Eastern European Film Festival “CinEast”, Luxembourg (Won: Audience Award for Best Feature Short Film)

International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France;

Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (Won: Honorable Mention) 

The Golden Elephant – International Children's Film Festival India; 

Poznan International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland;

Festival ZUBROFFKA, Poland;

Writers Guild of Norway (Won: Best Screenplay);

Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, Norway (Won: AMANDA Award for Best Short Film)

Bergen International Film Festival, Norway (Won: Best Short Film)