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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

An Evening with Raul Garcia : Making Animation my Business

By cartoonsunderground | April 25, 2017

Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the best in the animation business! 27th APRIL 2017 6:20PM – 8:30PM LASALLE College of the Arts & NTUC present an evening with Raúl Garcia Raúl Garcia was previously a Senior Animator at Walt Disney and his movie credits including The Lion King, Aladdin,…

An Invitation to the Singapore Premiere of ​​“Extraordinary Tales”, directed by Raul Garcia!

By cartoonsunderground | March 22, 2017

“Extraordinary Tales” is an animated anthology of 5 stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe and includes the voice talents of Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands and Guillermo Del Toro. Raul Garcia was previously a Senior Animator at Walt Disney and his movie credits including The Lion King, Aladdin, Tarzan, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,…

Epic Sketchbook: Car Sketches by Lapin and Sagar

By cartoonsunderground | March 8, 2017

“It’s fascinating to look at the 2 very different ways we (Lapin and Sagar) choose to sketch this event. I spent my time sketching few detailed models while Sagar choose to represent the ambiance of the show on the cathedral place. I like that the “true” representation of it is not one or the other,…

Epic Sketchbook: Enricho Casarosa

By cartoonsunderground | February 8, 2017

Enrico Casarosa. Big fan, especially of his girls. I bought his sketchbook Fragments years ago (he published with Ronnie del Carmen, another genius), and it remains one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to be in Monkeysuit anthology so long ago with him, this was the closest brush with the master i got! Patrick…

Artist Interview: Jeremy, Huang Ji and Derrick

By cartoonsunderground | February 4, 2017

Eat Pray Bird is the graduation film of Jeremy Teo, Huang Ji and Derrick Fun, made during their final year at NTU School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). In November, their CG animated short made waves across Asia, winning the “Special Mention Award” at the 18th DigiCon6 ASIA Awards Ceremony held in Tokyo, Japan.…

Thank You 2016

By cartoonsunderground | January 5, 2017

2016 was a great year for Cartoons Underground (though sadly not so great for the rest of the world) We saw the biggest festival for Cartoons Underground in 2016, our fifth annual edition, with 600 attendees, 8 screenings, five local films, one awesome looking poster by Jia, and are looking to expand further this year, more…

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