Cartoons Underground was founded by Barfing Squirrel Productions; Patrick Smith and Vicky Chen. The two met 2008 at New York University Tisch Asia, school of the arts in Singapore.
As the co-founder of Scribbled Junkies Festival of Drawn Animation with Bill Plympton in New York, Patrick was inspired to re-create this raw, casual and alternative scene in Singapore. Being a marketing and animation geek, Vicky had the skills and contacts to organise the festival.
Patrick Smith, Co-Founder and Advisor
Patrick Smith was Cartoons Underground former Program Director. Patrick is an international award-winning animator from New York. Currently, he is working on PBS series Blank on Blank, featuring lost interviews with cultural icons, famous names and celebrities.
His directorial debut was for the Emmy-nominated series Down-Town, continuing on to direct the popular animated series Daria. Since then he has directed a handful of short films which earned him much reputation at film festivals worldwide as well as numerous awards. Besides those short films Smith creates commercials as well as pieces of installation art, sometimes published as street art (and eventually stolen).
The co-founder of www.Scribbledjunkes.blogspot.com with Bill Plympton, you may read more about his art, inspirations, travel and writing.
Vicky Chen, Co-Founder and Festival Director
At just 20-years old, Vicky Chen began her entrepreneurial career as founder and CEO of Chromaki, a boutique fashion business based in Singapore. Since then she’s developed her marketing and account management capabilities in the advertising and public relations sectors, working in Laos, Singapore and the United Kingdom. She has worked with some of the most recognized luxury hospitality brands in the world, including Hilton Worldwide and Sofitel Luxury Hotels, as well as travel site Expedia and boutique brands such as Soap-Paradise.
Vicky has been heavily involved in the arts, and spent the past several years organising life drawing events, acting, producing and animating with NYU Tisch Asia and Nanyang Technological University. She is determined to grow Cartoons Underground into the mammoth it is destined to be!
Tan Wei Keong, Program Director
Jerrold Chong, Director of Communication
His films have screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, Animatricks Animation Festival in Helsinski, Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, Singapore International Film Festival, Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea. In 2015, his film “Nascent” was awarded the Best Animation Award at Singapore Short Film Awards. He hopes to write and direct an animated feature film in the future.