Animation festival Cartoons Underground to return in physical format at Projector X

The 11th edition of the festival will feature seven films created by local filmmakers.

Tricia Kuan

A tiny coffee addict with a really weird frog obsession.

Published: 6 October 2022, 3:26 PM

Animation fans can look forward to attending this year’s Cartoons Underground in person at the Projector X: Picturehouse.

The ten-year-running animation festival will bring back in-person screening for the first time since 2019 on Oct 22.


The last in-person screening held by Cartoons Underground was before the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO CREDIT: CARTOONS UNDERGROUND


With the contributions from artists and crowdfunding events, it has since expanded to become Southeast Asia’s largest animation festival. The festival is also supported by the National Youth Council and the Young ChangeMakers grant.

For one night only, Cartoons Underground 2022 will showcase 16 animated films – seven of which were submitted by local filmmakers as part of the Singapore Student Competition.

These 16 films were hand-picked from a total of 1,681 submissions from 96 countries. 

The nine international films are Float (USA), Girl In The Water (Taiwan), My Father’s Damn Camera! (Slovenia), Naive Mischief In Oak Paso (Spain), Patient’s Mind (China), Script.exe (Switzerland), The House of Loss (Japan), 99¢ Pizza (USA) and The Pattern (Hungary).

Films by Singapore students include The Last Stop, SHAN 山, Letting Go, Loose Threads, Go Inside, To Kill the Birds and Bees and The Story of Chaos.

Although the event has yet to be given an age rating, the organisers have advised that it is not child friendly.


For years, Cartoons Underground has been a platform for animation enthusiasts to meet with like-minded individuals. PHOTO CREDIT: CARTOONS UNDERGROUND


For those interested, tickets can be purchased through The Projector’s website. Regular tickets are available at $18, while student concession tickets are priced at $15. 

Doors will be open from 6.30pm and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. 

CU Champion tickets can be purchased for $25, and ticket-holders will be seated in a reserved area.

Attendees can also stick around after the film screening for an afterparty.

A short synopsis of each film can be viewed through the festival’s programme list.

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