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Industry meetup


A double-bill of two thrilling animation panels in one afternoon!

Join us in person for the exclusive opportunity to hear from animation showrunners such as Jacinth Tan (Creator, Sharkdog)and Sacha Goedegebure (Showrunner, Omens Studios) at our Meet The Showrunners panel! Groundbreaking creators including Clement Chia (Creator/Co-founder, Imaginary Ones) and Ben Kee (Founder, Anomalyst) will share their insights on what it takes to break new ground at our The Next Frontier in Animation panel.

This event is held in-person, and free and open to members of the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

As only limited seats are available, registration will be on a first-come-first served basis.

Meet the showrunners

1 - 3PM

What does it take to bring a film or tv series from start to finish? We speak with animation showrunners and creators who will pull back the curtain on what it takes to bring their projects to reality, and insights on the stories they choose to tell. This panel includes a 30-min screening of selected works.


the next frontier in animation

3.30 - 5PM

Animation meets… technology, robotics, virtual production and more! We speak with creators living on the cutting-edge of animation who will share their original and new works, and discuss what it takes to create ground-breaking work.



As part of Cartoons Underground industry-focused arm Animated Visions, we invite distinguished overseas and local filmmakers to share about their artistic journey, career experiences and advice to aspiring animation filmmakers and artists! In the past, we have had the pleasure of inviting esteemed filmmakers such as Oscar-nominated animation filmmaker Siqi Song and award-winning animation director and head programmer of GLAS Animation Festival Sean Buckelew to share and inspire! And for the first time, we will be opening these Masterclasses for the public to sign-up for free!

This year, we are proud to welcome two luminaries in their field - Emily Dean (Director of Netflix's critically-acclaimed LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS Volume 3: The Very Pulse of the Machine, and Story Artist on films such as The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Movie 2 and Sony Pictures's Oscar Award-winning short Hairlove) as well as Singaporean Samantha Lee (Director at Disney TV Animation, with a long list of past experiences working at studios Netflix, Warner, Dreamworks and local studio One Animation). They will be sharing their experiences in the industry as well as give us a rare peek into the behind-the-scenes creative decisions in the course of their work!


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Lab Masterclasses (2)


Now in its 3rd edition, the Animated Visions: Story Development Lab is aimed at supporting strong animated projects with potential and help participants to develop their initial ideas into a fully realized pitch. Working under the mentorship of award-wining filmmakers Jerrold Chong and the Zhuang Brothers, the participants will have the opportunity to receive one-to-one feedback from the lab mentors on how to strengthen their ideas and learn more about producing your next animated hit!

At the end of the lab, participants will get a chance to pitch their projects in front of a panel of judges, who will award the Best Pitch award to the team with the most successful and well-developed Pitch.

Animated Visions: Story Development Lab first began in 2020 and since then, the selected projects has gone on to find success of their own! In the first edition, Olivia Griselda’s project She and Her Good Vibrations was the project pitch winner, and later was successfully funded by the IMDA Short Film Grant and is currently completing production of her film. Novella Lian’s Tankboy also went on to be screened at numerous animation film festivals, including Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), and our very own Cartoons Underground 2021. In 2021’s edition, Grace Ng’s Wingboy project was selected for the Philippines Full Circles Fiction Lab.