CARTOONS UNDERGROUND

Southeast Asia Largest Underground Animation Festival

Image Credit: To Be Apart, by Jamie Goh, Jeraldine Ong & Zhen Ying Jie

Upcoming Edition

October 24th, 2020

You might get a first preview of the next Oscar winning short!

Previous Editions

Check out previous events!

Look at us
Focus on Women
Adventure Time

in 2019, we had 1,416 entries from 80 different countries. There were many great entries this year and it was tough to pick the final 19 films. Many of these were hand-drawn animations which conjured up evocative and  believable worlds.

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Different Worlds
A Word Please

2018

in 2018, we received over 1,500 entries from 90 different countries! The selection process for this year was tough, as we received tons of films with high standards of story-telling and craft. We were proud to showcase the final 21 selected films and hand out the Golden Durian awards to the winners.

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2017

Tell Tale
Not Here

This is year when our festival jumped to the next level. In 2017, we announced the Golden Durian Awards. Around 400 films from 50 countries were submitted. 19 of these got to compete in our premiere awards ceremony. We had three award categories: Best Film, Best Director and Audience Choice.

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Latest News and Interviews

CU19: Awards

By cuprogramme | November 12, 2019

LOVE! Thank you everyone for joining us at CU19 at Kult Yard last Saturday, Nov 9! We received a full house and screened 3 programmes over the evening that include 19 short animation films. Our Jury team: Sonny Liew, Enge Xue, Davide Benvenuti, Raudha Zulkiffli and Chris Shaw had a great discussion on the awards in…

Filmmaker Interview – ​Ji Hee Nam’s “A Knife Hanging On The Tree” Explores an Exacerbating Case of Sour Grapes

By niharikaka | October 25, 2019

Ji Hee Nam is an animator/ motion graphics designer from South Korea, currently based in L.A. A Knife Hanging On The Tree is a film by her which explores the theme of sour grapes. She is inspired by humour from her daily life and finds dark humour very intriguing. One of the key features of her…

Filmmaker Interview – Jamie Goh’s ‘To Be Apart’ Explores the Innate Desire to Fit in

By niharikaka | October 15, 2019

Jamie Goh, is an artist based in Singapore who has recently graduated from LASALLE College Of The Arts. To Be Apart, is the final year film she worked with her team mates Jeraldine Ong and Zheng Ying Jie at LASALLE. They share the common passion of wanting to tell stories that would be relatable to…

Cartoons Underground 2019 Tickets

By cartoonsunderground | October 15, 2019

Get Your Tickets Here! Cartoons Underground in partnership with Sideshow celebrates its 8th year with a new set of awards for the best animation from the region and the world. Celebrating our 8th year, 19 works have been selected from 1,416 entries submitted from 80 different countries and will be competing for the Golden Durian Awards featuring…

Filmmaker Interview – Experience Old Hong Kong With Esther Cheung’s In Passing

By niharikaka | October 10, 2019

Esther Cheung is an artist who is based in Toronto and is a recent Sheridan College graduate. In Passing is a film that she worked on during her final year there, it portrays 70s Hong Kong through the eyes of her parents. With a strong liking and appreciation for Art and Cinema, she finds Animation…

CU19: Film Selection

By cuprogramme | September 4, 2019

Cartoons Underground is happening on 9th November, 6PM at Kult Yard! Get Your Tickets Here!  This year, 19 works are selected from 1,416 entries submitted from 80 different countries. Out of these 19 films, 6 student films coming from LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Technological University, will compete for the ‘Best Singapore Student…