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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.

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Latest News and Interviews

CU Interview: Vicky Chen, Wei Keong & Jia Lee

By cartoonsunderground | October 21, 2016

It’s less than 24 hours (!!) before the 5th edition of Cartoons Underground kicks off with a bang! In an exclusive interview, we speak to Vicky Chen, Co-Founder and Festival Director, Tan Wei Keong, Program Director, and Jia Lee, graphic designer/illustrator responsible for the brand-new CU identity and the beautifully illustrated poster for this year’s festival! Cartoons…

Industry Professional: Don Bosco

By cartoonsunderground | October 5, 2016

Cartoons Underground speaks to Don Bosco, the founder of Super Cool Books, and a talented writer who has established himself in Singapore’s literary circles. Filled with insight and expertise, Don shares about his business, as well as his observations about Singapore’s literary industry. May we know a more about how you started your career? Thank you…


By cartoonsunderground | October 5, 2016

WE ARE BACK! Cartoons Underground in partnership with Sideshow celebrates FIVE YEARS OF UNDERGROUND ANIMATION! Grab a beer and a fistful of popcorn and catch award-winning animated films by directors from Annecy, Hiroshima, Fantoche and Edinburgh international film festivals including globally acclaimed Cesar Diaz Melendez, Junyi Xiao, Indra Sproge and more. This year we celebrate…

Artist Interview: Ang Qing Sheng

By cartoonsunderground | September 12, 2016

Having premiered at the Singapore Chinese Film Festival, Qing Sheng’s film “Lak Boh Ki” may seem like a straightforward suspense film on first viewing, but upon seconds, one begins to peel behind layers of hidden meaning. The composition of shots and timing of animation masterfully toy with our feelings over and over again for this innocent little baby tethering…

Artist Interview: Harry and Henry Zhuang (aka Zhuang Brothers)

By cartoonsunderground | August 9, 2016

The Tiger of 142B, a short film by Harry and Henry Zhuang and produced as part of Utter 2015, was selected to compete in the Grand Competition category of the 26th Zagreb Animafest. The film’s narrative, adapted from a short story by Dave Chua, explores the spaces – at once physical and metaphysical, visible and invisible – that…

Young Talent: Adiba Mustafa

By cartoonsunderground | July 27, 2016

Cartoons Underground met Adiba Mustafa or more popularly known as Merry Leona on Youtube at Lasalle’s Animation Grad show a few months back. Adiba is a young, aspiring voice actor and animator, who is still in Lasalle continuing her studies. This dynamic lady likes to consider herself a Jack of all traders but Master of…

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