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Pre-Selection Conditions

The festival selection committee is exclusively responsible for the official selection and scheduling. The selection committee has exclusive and final say on which films are selected and shown during the festival. There will be an award ceremony at the end of the Nairobi edition of the festival where awards will be given to a selection of those films screened. Films will be nominated and awarded by an independent panel of judges.



  • The submission of your film is not subject to any registration fee.

  • Each filmmaker can enter more than one film.



  • Films sent for selection must meet the following criteria:

  • Be related to the education, promotion, and/or violation of Universal Human Rights (as adopted by the United Nations [UN]) in general and/or in particular.

  • Be related to topics including, by not exclusively, education, sustainable development, the impact of climate change.

  • Have been submitted via the open call registration form.

  • Have been released or completed after the 1st of January 2018. 

  • Respect the aims of the festival as defined in Article 1.


Deadline for submissions

Open call is now closed. 


Viewing for selection

All films must be presented in their original language (the language in which a film is or will be exhibited in its country of origin). It is for the selection committee to decide whether or not a film that does not exactly meet these criteria may participate in the Festival.

Films that are not in English (including Swahili) should be submitted with English subtitles for selection purposes. Electronic subtitles (the additional digital text file containing the time codes with each dialog corresponding to the film in .srt or .sub formats) are accepted and may be requested if your film is selected for the awards section. Please do not send copies with double subtitles. Swahili may be requested for films in English. If you do not have a copy of your film with English please contact our submissions department for additional information. Under Our Skin is not able to contribute to subtitling costs.


Duration of Films

During the festival films will be categorised by duration including credits. Films no longer than 20 minutes will be counted as short films. Films between 20 minutes and shorter than an hour will be categorised as medium length. Those which are an hour or longer will be categorised as features or long films.


Festival Dates

Under Our Skin will be held in Nairobi from the 9th to the 16th of November 2023. A subsequent edition will be held in Laikipia 20th -22nd of October.



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