CARTOONS UNDERGROUND

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.

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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

Young Talent: Sandhya Prabhat

By cartoonsunderground | April 20, 2016

The first time I came across Sandhya’s work was on Facebook through my good friend and one of Cartoons Underground’s pioneers as well as director whom we screened in 2013, Arjun Chatterjee, who now works at Big 3 Productions as a Director. Sandhya Prabhat is an Indian artist from Chennai, who graduated from NYU Tisch…

Epic Sketchbook: Suhita Shirodkar

By cartoonsunderground | April 8, 2016

Patrick Smith, co-founder and advisor of Cartoons Underground, and co-writer at ScribbleJunkies Blog, started exploring different types of sketchbooks from artists from all around the world. Looking into these Epic Sketchbooks we see more personal work from these artists and get to know their thought process and them as people in a more intimate way. Thanks…

Young Talent: Bobby Yi Xiong

By cartoonsunderground | March 31, 2016

I had the utmost pleasure to interview Bobby or as some of you might know him as YiXiong. I’ve been obsessed with his hamster  guinea pig character since last year. His guinea pig is just too adorable, and hilarious, just look at him go through his daily struggles in life or playing his favourite video game.…

All In! – ‘On-Air’ with Harry Corro

By cartoonsunderground | March 17, 2016

The National Book Development Council of Singapore launched the All In! Young Writers Festival, a festival that is tailored to young writers, on the 12th and 13th of March. All In! celebrates its eighth year in 2016, and its latest festival is said to be its largest yet. Cartoons Underground has the privilege to attend a…

Epic Sketchbook: Liz Steel

By cartoonsunderground | March 8, 2016

Beautiful pages form Australian artist Liz Steel. Sydney based architect specialising in media projects, who is also an obsessive sketcher. Since discovering watercolour in a field kit in 2006 she has not stopped painting her life in her sketchbook. Her architectural background gives her an analytical and conceptual approach to art.     Patrick Smith, co-founder and advisor…

Epic Sketchbook: Audrey Kawasaki

By cartoonsunderground | February 20, 2016

Patrick Smith, co-founder and advisor of Cartoons Underground, and co-writer at ScribbleJunkies Blog, started exploring different types of sketchbooks from artists from all around the world. Looking into these Epic Sketchbooks we see more personal work from these artists and get to know their thought process and them as people in a more intimate way. Thanks…