Southeast Asia Largest Underground Animation Festival

Image Credit: To Be Apart, by Jamie Goh, Jeraldine Ong & Zhen Ying Jie

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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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Behind the scenes: Tiny Island Productions & David Kwok

By cartoonsunderground | March 25, 2015

Cartoons Underground caught up with David Kwok, an early pioneer of the CGI industry in Singapore. A strong advocate of the development of 3D animation in Singapore, David is no stranger in the animation industry, having founded Singapore Animators Connection (SAC), Tiny Island Productions, and CG protege Animation School. David wears many hats – he…

Interview with Mark Wee, Director of ‘The Animals’.

By cartoonsunderground | March 3, 2015

[vimeo 85452691 w=500 h=281] Animation Reel 2014 from Mark Wee on Vimeo. Indie Animator Mark Wee seizes the opportunity to explore his favourite medium, Animation.  Having screened his short film; The Animals in the previous edition of Cartoons Underground, we caught up with local independent animator Mark Wee to discuss the challenges of being a young independent…

Behind the scenes: One Animation studios

By cartoonsunderground | February 5, 2015

Who doesn’t love cartoons? But do you know what goes behind animating a TV show? I take a sneak peak into One Animation studios in Singapore. Alexandra road in Singapore is a long highway lined with the showrooms of mega car dealers. Rows of identical, drab, buildings of concrete and steel stand side by side,…

Participate in our showreel showdown!

By cartoonsunderground | November 16, 2014

Cartoons Underground in conjunction with Visual Effects Society (VES) and VES Education committee wants you to participate in Cartoons Underground showreel showdown! Here is your chance to be a participant to present your showreel and receive an open review by leading industry professionals, Marchand Jooste (The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar), Dayne Cowan (Batman Begins, Batman…

Cartoons Underground 2014

By cartoonsunderground | October 29, 2014

Barfing Squirrel Productions & CANVAS present: CARTOONS UNDERGROUND Singapore’s first underground animation festival is back! Visual Effects Society (VES) and VES Education Committee presents Cartoons Underground showreel showdown, where selected participants will present their showreel to leaders in the industry, including Marchand Jooste (The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar), Dayne Cowan (Batman Begins, Batman Ultimatum) and Chung Yin Ping (Disney’s My Friend’ Tigger and Pooh) In…

‘Drunker than a skunk’ by Bill Plympton

By cartoonsunderground | November 24, 2013

Featuring Oscar Nominee Bill Plympton ‘Drunk like a skunk’.  This film is an adaptation of Walt Curtis’s poem, ‘The Time The Drunk Came To Town And Got Drunker Than A Skunk, Or So He Thought.’, about a Cowboy town that torments the local drunk. [youtube=] Bill Plympton animated  a music video for Kanye West‘s “Heard ‘Em Say” and “Weird Al”…