Founders & Team

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

Wei Keong’s animated short film “Pifuskin” has been showcased in many international film festivals, including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Zagreb Animafest, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and London International Animation Festival, and won the Best Experimental award at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.
He received the Special Achievement and Special Mention awards respectively for “White” and “Hush Baby” at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2007 and 2009. His public art installation “Foundin” has been featured at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 and also at the Fondation Espace Ecureuil in France as part of the Made in Asia Festival 2015. Read more on his works at www.tanweikeong.com 
He was the Chair of the Student Volunteer Program for SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 in Seoul and was a committee member for the SIGGRAPH Asia conferences in Yokohama (2009) and Singapore (2008).

Jerrold Chong, Director of Communication

Director/animator Jerrold Chong graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An avid lover of cinema, he is fascinated by the power of animated cinema as abstract visual metaphor and is driven by a desire to tell sincere stories that examines the depths of everyday life and the complexities of the human experience.

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.

Enrique Caballero, Advisor

Enrique Caballero is a CG Artist with over 17 years of experience in the CG industry, he has worked as a Character Technical Director on Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians, and as a Character Modeler on Where the Wild Things Are.  Currently he is CG Supervisor at One Animation working on Oddbods and The Insectibles.

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