The friendship between three young synchronized swimmers is plagued by vicious tensions. The desire to belong destroys everything.

Onderhuids tells the story of Keesje, an introvert 15 year-old. She and her friends, Lize and Dunja, swim together in a synchronized swimming team. From the outside it looks like the perfect friendship, but behind the surface hide continuous tensions between the girls. Keesje is constantly afraid of being rejected and longs to maintain her position in the group. She allows herself to be dragged into the vicious behavior of Lize and Dunja, but is gradually becoming alienated from herself. While the pressure for the National Competition increases, Keesje loses sight of who she is. Although she tries to suppress her frustrations, an outburst is the inevitable consequence.

Student short| Ficton | 00:19:22 | Themes: Coming of Age, Youth, Bullying, Girl Venom | 1.85: 1 | the Netherlands| Spoken Language: Dutch | Subtitles: English | Format: DCP, ProRes | Dolby 5.1 & Stereo LtRt

Internationale première: Berlinale Generation Kplus, 2020.


  • Nederlands Filmfestival 2019, studentencompetition, the Netherlands
  • Berlinale 2020, Generation Kplus, Germany.
  • Brussels Short Film Festival 2020, Next Generation Student Competition, Belgium.(postponed)
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival 2020, Future Teens Competition, Germany(postponed)
  • Zlín Film Festival 2020, Zlín Dog Student Competition, Czech Republic.(postponed)
  • Omladisnki Film Festival 2020, Wolf Competition, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
  • Ficbueu international short film festival 2020, International Schools of Cinema Section, Spain
  • DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival 2020, international competition, Ukraine.
  • Festival du Film Jeune de Lyon 2020, international short film competition, France.
  • Kaohsiung International Short Film Festival 2020, international short film competition, Taiwan.
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2020, international short film competition, US.
  • Winterthur International Short Film Festival 2020, SPARKS competition, Switserland.


  • Wildcard Award of € 50.000, Nederlands Filmfestival 2019, the Netherlands.
  • Best Dutch Live-Action Short, Cinekid film festival 2020, the Netherlands.


Client: Emma Branderhorst
Date: September 1, 2019
Services: Festival distribution & Strategy