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.



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.



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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Behind the Scenes: One Animation

By cartoonsunderground | August 12, 2015

Written by Tiffany Lim. An updated version of this article may be found on Media Context’s online portal. Cartoons Underground touched on entrepreneurship, which is quickly becoming one of the most important components to a career in animation. Production companies in Singapore are shifting from content production to IP development – and this shift is…

“Conversations: Creating New Realities, Animation Now and Next” Symposium Review

By cartoonsunderground | August 4, 2015

Written by Tiffany Lim. This article may also be found on Media Context’s Online Portal.  “Conversations: Creating New Realities, Animation Now and Next” provided its attendees with valuable insights into the animation industry. It was held at the ArtScience Museum, and was held in conjunction with the DreamWorks Exhibition. Curated by Michael Lim, and chaired by…

Industry Professionals – C.H. Greenblatt

By cartoonsunderground | July 29, 2015

Kendall Lyons, Cartoons Underground’s guest author, interviews C.H Greenblatt, the creator of Nickelodeon’s “Harvey Beaks”. Greenblatt speaks about the nature of his show, his inspiration, his experiences, and shares valuable advice for aspiring and seasoned artists.   C.H. Greenblatt started off as an advertising art director for TV commercials, but, he never would’ve thought that…

Industry Professionals – Avner Geller

By cartoonsunderground | July 20, 2015

Written by Tiffany Lim. An updated version of this article may be found on Media Context’s online portal. Avner Geller is a Visual Development artist at DreamWorks Animation. Having worked at DreamWorks for three years,  Avner has discovered what it takes to be a concept artist, and knows much about the animation industry. Here’s what…

Independent Animation – R’ha (2013)

By cartoonsunderground | July 14, 2015

R’ha (2013) is an animated science fiction short film by Kaleb Lechowski. The story takes place on an alien world where technology has surpassed the species it was created by and it seeks to destroy them. A captured alien gives the audience the backstory all while being tortured by an artificial intelligence for information on…

Industry Professionals – Kelly Bender

By cartoonsunderground | July 13, 2015

Kelly Bender is a Comic Book writer who has worked with Alterna, Markosia, Insane Comics and several other publishers. He is also the creator of Starburn”, which was nominated for the “Best Series” Ashcan Award (2015), and which earned him the “Writer of the Year” Ashcan Award (2015).  Kelly spoke with Cartoons Underground about his…