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Cartoons Underground 2020

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Film Line up and Programme

We've got 17 groundbreaking films this year, selected from 1,321 entries. Needless to say, selecting the best from a pool of outstanding works was tough! But they are finally here. The films we've chosen stand out for their narratives and unique art styles. We've also dedicated our focus on Asian Animation this year as there's been a tremendous spike in independent animation filmmaking within the region.


360° World and Festival Calendar

This year, we've taken Cartoons Underground 2020 online. Keep your eyes peeled for our 360° world, created specially for this edition! We've got a calendar full of events that will keep you glued to your screen. On top of the films, we've got a great line up with the directors of the chosen films, Q&A with Hollywood directors, an Animation Lab and the Golden Durian Awards!

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.

Cartoon Blog

Latest News and Interviews

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…

Independent Animation – The OceanMaker (2014)

By tiffanylimlifen | May 18, 2015

Movie Title: The OceanMaker Initial Release: August 24, 2014 Director: Lucas Martell Running Time: 0h 11m Composer: Christopher Reyman Producers: Lucas Martell, Christina Martell Found on: YouTube and Vimeo   The OceanMaker is a short animated film about a pilot trying to create rain in a world where the oceans have dried up and water…

Young Talent – Samuel Lim

By tiffanylimlifen | May 18, 2015

We spoke to Samuel Lim, a multimedia and animation student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. We spoke about his aspirations and experiences. I hope that you enjoy reading this interview as much as we enjoyed conducting it!   What do you hope to achieve from your course/ studies at this academy? I studied Game Art and…

Industry Professionals – Derrick Song

By tiffanylimlifen | May 18, 2015

We sat down with Derrick Song, an Art Lecturer at 3DSense Media School Singapore.  Derrick has more than 7 years of industry experience working as a Concept Artist and Modeler. He was the Art Director of Zealot Digital (a subsidiary of Softworld, Taiwan), and has also worked with Ksatria and KOEI. He has worked on…

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