Under the Skin

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

Three friends are training for a synchronized swimming competition, executing rhythmic turns in the water in the same unison with which they bully other girls in the changing room. Yet beneath the surface, turmoil is brewing. Gestures and glances exchanged in atmospheric scenes gradually condense into a narrative of intrigue and jealousy, the young athletes‘ forced competition-ready smiles starkly emblematic of their friendships.

Student short| Fiction | 00:19:52 | Themes: Coming of Age, Youth, Bullying, Girld Venom | 1.85: 1 | the Netherlands | Language: Dutch | Subtitles: English, Spanish | Formaat: DCP, ProRes | Dolby 5.1 & Stereo LtRt

Internationale premiere: Berlinale Generation Kplus, 2020.


  • Nederlands Filmfestival 2019, studentencompetition, the Netheerlands
  • Berlinale 2020, Generation Kplus, Germany.
  • Brussels Short Film Festival 2020, Next Generation Student Competition, Belgium.
  • 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.
  • Cinekid Film Festival 2020, Dutch Live-Action Competition, the Netherlands. 🏆
  • Filmfestival Tegenstroom 2020, opstromers competition, the Netherlands(postponed).
  • Calcutta int. short film festival 2020, international competition, India. 🏆
  • Cinema in Sneakers 2020, int. Children short film competition, Poland. 🏆
  • CinemaJove 2020, international short film competition, Spain.


  • Wildcard Award twv € 50.000, Nederlands Filmfestival 2019, the Netherlands.
  • Best Dutch Short Live-Action Film, Cinekid Filmfestival 2020, the Netherlands.
  • Best Editing, Calcutta int. short film festival 2020, India.
  • Best Film, Cinema in Sneakers film festival 2020, Poland.


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