Under the Skin(2020)

Directed by Emma Branderhorst

The blue depths of the pool are her home. Keesje is a passionate synchronized swimmer and the big competition is just around the corner. However, when a fight erupts between the girls during the final rehearsal, everything changes. The subtle nuances between belonging and feeling marginalized come to the surface.


Student short | Fiction | 00:18:02 | Themes: Coming of Age, Youth, Bullying, Girl Venom | 1.85: 1 | the Netherlands | Language: the Netherlands | Subtitles: Engels | Format: DCP, ProRes | Dolby 5.1 & Stereo LtRt


Festival Selections:

  • Nederlands Filmfestival 2019, student competition, 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, Zwitserland.
  • 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.
  • Internationaal Filmfestival Assen 2021, KersVers competitie, the Netherlands
  • New York’s international Children’s Film Festival 2021, international short competition, U.S.
  • FEST, new directors new films 2021, FESTinha competition, Portugal.
  • VOX Feminae Film Festival 2021, international competition, Croatia.


  • Wildcard Award of Netherlands Film Fund(€ 50.000), Netherlands Film Festival 2019, the Netherlands.
  • Beste Dutch Short Live-Action Film, Cinekid Filmfestival 2020, the Netherlands.
  • Best Editing, Calcutta int. short film festival 2020, India.
  • Best Film, Cinema in Sneakers 2020, Poland.





18 min