Southeast Asia Largest Underground Animation Festival

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Upcoming Edition

October 24th, 2020

You might get a first preview of the next Oscar winning short!

Previous Editions

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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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Verne on Vacation – Pilot Episode – Review

By tiffanylimlifen | June 22, 2015

I went in to Sylvain Marc’s “Verne on Vacation” completely blind—I had no idea what to expect except a pilot for a cartoon, and that was it. Upon clicking that ‘play’ button, what immediately struck me were the vibrant colors and textures the world is built with, and second was the lively animation that brings…

Young Talent – Elena and Olivia Ceballos

By tiffanylimlifen | June 17, 2015

Cartoons Underground sat down with Elena and Olivia Ceballos, a pair of twin sisters with a flair for art. At the tender age of 21, they’re currently concept artists at Dreamworks Animation, and have amassed many followers over the internet. In this interview, we’ve discussed their inspirations, their aspirations, as well as advice that they…

National Library Board – Design Talks: Singapore Animation – David Kwok, Mark Wee and Cartoons Underground

By tiffanylimlifen | June 11, 2015

Last week, Cartoons Underground Co-Founder and Festival Director Vicky Chen spoke at Design Talks: Singapore Animation at Library@Orchard with David Kwok (the CEO of Tiny Island Productions), Michael Lim (the Founder of the Singapore Visual Effects and Animation group), and Mark Wee (Independent Animator) about the fundamentals of IP creation, current trends observed in the…

Industry Professionals – Sylvain Marc

By tiffanylimlifen | June 10, 2015

ABOUT THE ARTIST This month, we caught up with Sylvain Marc, a graduate of Estienne and Gobelins. Since graduating in 2006, he has worked as an animator, development artist, character designer and director in various studios like Framestore, Cartoon Network, Laika, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures Animation, and more. Many of Cartoons Underground’s young followers would like…

Industry Professionals – Alain Ughetto

By tiffanylimlifen | June 3, 2015

Cartoons Underground sat down with Alain Ughetto, a seasoned animator, director and filmmaker. We spoke about his inspirations, his career, and his aspirations. We have also talked about Jasmine (2013), a mixed-media animated film that explores love in the midst of a revolution.   ABOUT THE ARTIST How did you start your career? A: I first…

Movie Review – Paranorman (2012)

By tiffanylimlifen | May 18, 2015

Movie Title: Paranorman Produced by: LAIKA Distributed by : Focus Features Initial Release: August 17, 2012 Directors: Sam Fell, Chris Butler Running Time: 01 h 33 m Screenplay: Chris Butler Story By: Arianne Sutner, Stephen Stone Let’s start these reviews off with the film that got me seriously considering animation as a career and is…