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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Latest News and Interviews

“Breadheads” by Cody Walzel

By cartoonsunderground | November 23, 2013

This year we will be featuring Cody Walzel’s “Breadheads”. This beautiful and twisted short features starving soldiers who divide a measly last meal. Suddenly, they receive an unexpected knock on their door, only to find their sick allies at their base. When the refugees turn to bread people, the battle between hunger and humanity begins.…

“Junkyard” by Hisko Hulsing

By cartoonsunderground | November 22, 2013

[youtube=] “Experiencing his work is almost like taking a leisurely stroll around a gallery of paintings, whilst someone recalls the most engaging of stories in your ear. Part of you wants to stop, pause and take in the majesty of the visuals, whilst the rest of you is whisked away, caught up in the twisting…

Cartoons Underground 2013

By cartoonsunderground | November 22, 2013

Are you ready for more mind-blowing animation to rock your socks?! Indulge yourself with booze, cartoons and funky music on 5th December (Thursday) at the Artistry! This year, we are excited to have renown pop-cult artist Mojoko design our poster! You might have seen his works at the National Museum of Singapore, Kult Magazine, Singapore Art…

Cartoons Underground 2012

By cartoonsunderground | July 26, 2013

[youtube=] Cartoons Underground 2012 was a major hit. With a large crowd of over 250 people, the festival was entertaining, raunchy and great fun. It was one of those magical moments when there were triple the amount of attendees than Facebook RSVPs. A rare moment of greatness and true reflection of this country’s hunger for…

Join 500 other people on our Facebook!

By cartoonsunderground | July 9, 2013

Join us at Cartoons Underground Facebook Group! Watch us as we build Cartoons Underground from the ground on our Facebook Group page. Feel free to post anything related to obscure art to quirky short animation clips. Our Facebook Group is the place to be to view exclusive trailers and artwork. Cheers, V

C.U. featured in IS magazine

By cartoonsunderground | December 17, 2012

  “Not for the kids. Singapore’s first underground animation festival Cartoons Underground showcased some of the best independent animations from around the world, with a majority of films in the screening list previously restricted in Asia. But if you’ve missed the “mind-blowing” and “raunchy” (as described by organisers Vicky Chen and Patrick Smith)shorts, here are a…