The Border is an award-winning post-apocalyptic drama short film written and directed by Norman Tamkivi and produced by skyland films. The film is currently on a festival circuit and available for viewing on request.

After a devastating global nuclear and chemical war Britain is divided into two: the war wasteland in the south and the surviving north. Thousands of virus-infected refugees are trying to travel up north where civilized life is still possible. a disciplined military captain Thomas is tasked with toughening up a young and kind soldier Landon, who is unable to shoot the innocent refugees.

although the film is set in the near future, the border tells a thrilling, touching and powerful story about contemporary issues .


Behind the Scenes

The border was shot in the uk in 2015, and premiered in 2016. the crew included predominantly london college of communication students.

the border was a passion project initiated by wirter-director norman tamkivi and producer alessandro wingfield, who together formed their production company skyland films. The film was shot over 8 busy days on locations in london, surrey and norfolk. the crew included 66 talented young filmmakers and artists. The film was made with a budget of £9,000 which came from the filmmakers and many kind crowdfunders from estonia, italy and the uk.



The border is currently on a festival circuit around the world,

represented by aug & ohr medien

Official Selection

Shanghai International Film Festival (China)

New Renaissance Film Festival London (UK)

Festival Internacional de Cine del Cono Sur (Chile)

Link International Film Festival (UK)

Firenze FilmCorti Festival (Italy)

CyBorg Film Festival (Italy)

Cortocircuito – Savigliano Film Festival (Italy)

AFC Global Fest (India)

The Short Film Show (UK)

OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg (Germany)

Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Argentina)

New Renaissance Film Festival Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Los Angeles CineFest (USA)

Indian Cine Film Festival (India)

Filmfestival Filmzeitkaufbeuren (Germany)

ArtCity Short Film Festival (Cameroon)

Minikino Film Week (Indonesia)

Newark International Film Festival (USA)

Original Narrative - Student Short Film Festival (UAE)

Paphos International Film Festival (Cyprus)

Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne (Australia)

Roma Cinema Doc (Italy)

Sehsüchte - International Student Film Festival (Germany)

Sun & Sand Festival (USA)

Texas Ultimate Shorts (USA)

The Harvard College Film Festival (USA)

The Ivy Film Festival (USA)

Troyes International Short Film Festival (France)

Woodstock Museum Film Festival (USA)

Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania)

Best Independents International Film Festival (Germany)

Stars Hollywood Festival (USA)

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival (USA)

United International Film Festival (USA)

International Open Film Festival (Bangladesh)

International Diversity Film Festival Moldova (Moldova)

Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival (USA)

Girona Film Festival (Spain)

Cine Pobre Film Festival (Mexico)

Busan International Short Film Festival (South Korea)

Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain)

Golden Reel International Underground Film Festival (Mongolia)

One Country One Film Le Mans Apchat International Festival (France)

Goldensun Short Film Festival (Malta)

The Short Film Awards (USA)

Wendy's Shorts (USA)

Monthly Film Festival (UK)

LA Shorts Awards (USA)

Chandler International Film Festival (USA)

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival (USA)

Shortpole London International film festival (UK)

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (USA)

Trinity International Film Festival (USA)

Machetanz Film Festival (USA)

Hollywood Cine Fest (USA)

Super Geek Film Festival (USA)

Cortocircuito – Savigliano Film Festival (Italy)

Best Sci Fi Film Festival 2018 (Ukraine)

STIFF - San Mauro Film Festival 2018 (Italy)

MystiCon Independent Film Festival (USA)

Banjara International Film Festival (India)

The Short Film Show (UK)

NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival (USA)

Moving Parts Film Festival (USA)

Crystal Palace International Film Festival (UK)

Hyperfest International Student Film Festival (Romania)

London City Film Awards (UK)

LSF Micro Film Festival (UK)

Webisode Film Festival

Crystal Palace International Film Festival (UK)


Trinity International Film Festival (usa) - best short film

Indian International Cine Film Festival (India) - Best Film

New Renaissance Film Festival London (UK) - Best Young Talent Film

Goldensun Short Film Festival (malta) - best short drama

The Short Film Awards (USA) - best long short film

ArtCity Short Film Festival (Cameroon) - Best Short Film

ArtCity Short Film Festival (Cameroon) - Jury´s Prize Award

Wendy's Shorts - best short film

Crystal Palace International Film Festival (UK) - Best Student Film

monthly film festival - best original score

LA Shorts Awards (usa) - best original score

Chandler International Film Festival (usa) - best original score

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival (usa) - best original score

Shortpole London International film festival (uk) - best original score

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (usa) - best score

the monthly film festival - best score,  bronze medal best film

Firenze FilmCorti Festival (Italy) - Best Soundtrack and original music


cast and crew

norman tamkivi


Norman is an Estonian-born filmmaker based in London. He started making films at the early age of 10 and graduated from the prestigious London College of Communication BA (Hons) Film and Television course. currently norman works as a filmmaker in london, running his production company skyland films and working for other creative agencies.

Matt Hyde

leading actor - thomas

Matt is a talented english actor who brings nothing but truth, sensitivity and empathy to his roles. he has payed in numerous short films and theatre productions in the UK and Australia. In 2004 Matt received a post graduate acting degree at ArtsEd School of Acting. he was awarded the best actor prize for the border at the monthly film festival.

alessandro wingfield

producer/1st assistant director/casting director

alessandro is an english-italian film producer currently studying at london college of communication.  has worked on 3 feature films and a TV series, as well as numerous short films and music videos. Alessandro is the co-founder and creative producer of skyland films.

james ayling

supporting actor - landon

James is a talented up and coming young actor from essex, with experiences from feature films like Monuments Men, Cinderella, Maleficent, Worl War Z and TV shows such as Some Girls and Downton Abbey.

veronica sylvestre

assistant producer

veronica is a gifted italian-born filmmaker and assistant producer. She is currently studying film and television at university of the arts london - london college of communication.

john mclear

supporting actor - colonel slade

John is a very truthful actor with a strong stage presence. He trained at East 15 under the amazing Andrea Brooks. John has a huge amount of life experience including 25 years of military service, school teaching, professional rugby coaching, boxing, parenthood, private pilot’s licence and a lot of stage experience.

edward vijayavargiya


edward is an alumni of university of the arts london and currently works as cinematographer in london. he has shot numeros short films, commercials, music videos and documentaries. he has also taught at London College of Communication.

guy oliver-watts

supporting actor - father

Guy is a fantastic actor who brings genuine emotions and power to his roles. He has played in numerous theatre, television and feature film productions, including The Theory of Everything.

simone cilio


Simone Cilio is an award-winning film composer born in Niscemi, Sicily and since childhood has showed an unconditional love for music. he is the founder of cilio bros studio and has composed for many short films, feature films, trailers and commecials. his score for the border has secured 7 festival wins.

markus andreas

sound designer and mixer

markus is a talented estonian sound designer and mixer working at film audio. he started working on film sound with his parents at a very young age and has worked on numerous feature films, short films, tv shows and commercials.