CARTOONS UNDERGROUND

Southeast Asia Largest Underground Animation Festival

20 Nov - 27 Nov

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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.

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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!

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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.

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2018

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.

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2017

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

Interview with Actor & Voice Over Artist Michael Bates

By mrwriterperson | July 16, 2018

Michael Bates is a seasoned actor and voiceover artist from Dublin, Ireland, with a wide range of experience on stage and screen spanning over twenty-five years.

CU18: Highest number of film entries!

By cuprogramme | July 2, 2018

We have received our highest number of film entries ever: 1,510 entries from 90 different countries. This year, Cartoons Underground is introducing the ‘Best Singapore Student Animation’ category on top of the international competition for Best Animation, Audience Choice and Special Mention awards. The selection process has started and the official film selection will be…

2017 Highlights!

By cartoonsunderground | December 17, 2017

Cartoons Underground Highlights – 2017 We promoted and showcased animated films by talented local directors, animators and producers in Singapore. At the end of the event, only one local-made animation was presented with the highest honour of getting the Golden Durian Award; for best film, best director and the “People’s Choice” award. PROGRAMME ​SCREENING Four…

Award-winning films on display at CU 2017! [Part 1]

By cartoonsunderground | October 8, 2017

Did you know that this year’s selection at Cartoons Underground is full of award-winning films that have made waves at prestigious film festivals all around the world? Today we feature a few of these films that will make your eyes pop, your jaws drop and your heart skip a beat or two! Poles Apart directed by…

2017 Cartoons Underground

By cartoonsunderground | September 29, 2017

Southeast Asia’s first and largest underground animation festival is back! Get Your Tickets Here!   Cartoons Underground in partnership with Sideshow celebrates its 6th year with a new set of awards for the best animation from the region and the world. Five years after its inception, Cartoons Underground is putting local animation on the map with the…

CU17: Thank you for your submissions!

By cartoonsunderground | July 16, 2017

  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your film submissions! This year, we have received close to 400 films, from 54 different countries! 2017 promises to be our best edition yet! Venturing forward, Singapore’s first and largest independent animation festival is introducing the main competition category with 3 awards – Best Film, Best Director…

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