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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2018

Different Worlds
A Word Please

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

The best animation festivities that are happening in August, 2020

By estherlussier | August 13, 2020

We’re here to tell you the best Animation festivities that are happening in August.

Cartoons Underground Founder’s Letter – Words by Vicky Chen

By estherlussier | August 6, 2020

Today, we take you through a retrospective of the last 9 years of the festival’s history as we hear from Vicky Chen in this Cartoons Underground Founder’s Letter. In November of 2019 a large gathering of talented artists and animation fans gathered to celebrated what was the 8th instalment of Asia’s largest animation festival- Cartoons…

What have you been watching?

By cartoonsunderground | July 30, 2020

What an intense few months we’ve had! I think we can safely say no one was expecting 2020 to unfold the way it has, and it’s been a challenging time, to say the least. Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the world, and the way we choose to make meaning out of our lives.…

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 cartoonsunderground | 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 cartoonsunderground | 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…