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pixitmedia Sponsors the 2023 Best Animated Short Film at the Irish Animation Awards​

Irish Animation Awards

WHEN: Saturday, May 27th 2023

WHERE: Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill Rd Lower, Upper Salthill, Galway, H91 W295, Ireland

As proud sponsors of the Best Animated Short Film category at the 2023 Irish Animation Awards, we want to congratulate all nominees! We look forward to announcing the winner on Saturday, May 27th, at The Galway Bay Hotel in Ireland.

Animation Ireland, the trade association for Irish animation studios, created the Irish Animation Awards to celebrate and recognize the talent in the Irish animation, VFX, and gaming industries. This year’s awards is Animation Ireland’s fifth award ceremony to acknowledge and honor the outstanding creative talent in the Irish Animation Industry. This year’s ceremony takes place in Galway on Saturday, May 27th. In a record year for the Irish animation sector, 53 Irish productions across 22 categories were nominated for an award.

Hosting the 2023 award ceremony, which will be back live and in person for the first time since 2019, is Irish TV star Baz Ashmawy. Ashmawy is best known for 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, which was first broadcast on Sky 1 and earned him an International Emmy Award for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment. Baz is a writer, actor, and radio presenter. Ashmawy was born in Libya and is half-Egyptian, living in Dublin.

Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, filmmaker, and teacher Eimhín McNamara. The award resembles a Phenakistoscope, an early animation device that creates an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing 42 member studios that employ more than 2,000 people nationwide in Ireland. The sector has seen incredible growth in recent years, with the industry now generating almost €200 million for the Irish economy annually. In addition, people in over 180 countries worldwide have watched Irish animation projects.

pixitmedia Sponsorship

We are excited to announce that pixitmedia is the proud sponsor of the Best Animated Short Film for the 2023 Irish Animation Awards.

Animation Ireland announced back in March that Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and RTÉ will be the headline sponsors for the 2023 Irish Animation Awards. Other sponsors for this year’s awards include Northern Ireland Screen, Coimisiún na Meán (formally BAI), Creative Europe Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Saloon, Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet, Kavaleer, Aon, Brophy Gillespie, Brown Bag Films, CMAI, Corpay, Gorilla Post, Magnet Plus, Milkshake, National Talent Academy, Paper Owl, TG4, Toon Boom, Triggerfish, and Tyrell.

2023 Irish Animation Awards: Best Animated Short Film Nominees

There are five films that have been nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award:


A woman questions her lifestyle choices when the travails of urban living are one day jolted into juxtaposition with a simpler way of life.

Lady Betty

“Based on a true myth,” this animated tale unfolds in a cozy corner of a country pub, where two old friends (voiced by Colm Meany and David Pearse) while away the evening trading tall tales. Soon they begin telling the story of Lady Betty, the first and only female executioner in Ireland. As the men talk, we are zipped back to the late 1700s, to a lonely shack on the edge of town where Betty Sugrue — Lady Betty — and her son eke out a meager existence. Told through Paddy and Mick’s distinctive style of storytelling, which mostly involves constantly interrupting each other and arguing, we learn about the hard and twisted life of Lady Betty.

Memento Mori

In Victorian London, a post-mortem photographer receives his latest subject, a recently deceased young woman. ‘Memento Mori’ means ‘Remember Death’, and this night, and this encounter with the dead young woman will be unforgettable.

Nana's Terrifying Zoom Call

Nana Doyle is a 76 year grandmother who is set in her ways, she’s not very good with technology. Still, she always tells her grandchildren bedtime stories, now with the pandemic she has to tell her story over zoom. Her three grandchildren eagerly await their Nanas terrifying zoom call for Halloween. Nana, using the mouse, clicks on something, everything goes black, she throws her hands in the air.

Soul Office

Soul Office is an animated comedy short film set in Northern Ireland, following the pursuits of a young criminal duo who meet an untimely end when an ATM robbery goes wrong. Undeterred by their death, they come back as ghosts to get the job done – albeit with a little more red tape than they’d imagined.