LEDONNE FILMS LLC
- Making Films to Make a Difference -
Nick LeDonne is an independent animator using his voice to make a positive impact. His debut short film, HANGING (2016) screened internationally in 28 countries earning numerous awards such as "Best Animated Short" of the Catalina Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival, and the "AFA" jury prize at ANNY: Best of Fest in NYC. During this time LeDonne was also invited to lecture his processes including an animation masterclass on HANGING at the largest arts venue in Europe, the Barbican Centre in London.
HANGING visualizes LeDonne's own personal journey overcoming suicide which has sparked discussions screening at distinguished conferences such as the Canadian Mental Health Association's MH4A national conference, the 44th American Psychotherapy Association's Winter Symposium, and the 26th European Congress of Psychiatry: aiding professionals in opening life saving conversations about suicide around the world through animation filmmaking.
Currently he is a professor in Digital Media at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University-Camden while he continues to create animated films. DEAR DAD (2018) is a heartfelt goodbye letter to his late father premiering at film festivals this Fall. His following film, REACHING OUT (2019) re-tells his own personal coming out story about finding acceptance.
Additionally his animated work has been covered through various press including Animation Magazine, Cartoon Brew, and Animation World Network. LeDonne also speaks to high schools and colleges through his speaking program, From Hanging to Hang ON, where he addresses suicide prevention, family passings, and LGBTQ acceptance by mixing his animation and life story to give an inspirational message to youth.
ANIMATION | filmography
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Read about LeDonne's animated short films in the 2018
Summer print issue of Animation Magazine!
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HANG ON | speaking events
Please enjoy a short video promo below showcasing From Hanging to Hang ON,
an hour long speaking program highlighting Nick LeDonne's story of overcoming suicide as told through
his personal story and his award winning animated short films documenting personal traumas.
SPEAKING | testimonials
PRESS | interviews
2017, September _ Cartoon Brew _ NYC: Non-Stop Animation Events at ANNY Best of Fest
2017, August _ Cartoon Brew _ "Hanging" by Nick LeDonne: Filmmaker Profile
2017, August _ Fox29 News _ Film gives hand-drawn look into Depression
2017, August _ Animation World Network _ Burbank International Film Festival Announces 2017 Program
2017, July _ South Jersey Times _ Short film about suicide sweeping film festivals
2017, May _ Matthew Toffolo Interview _ Interview with director/animator Nick LeDonne
2017, April _ Animation Nights New York _ ANNY Take 5 with Nick LeDonne
2017, March _ Mental Health News Radio _ Hanging" Award Winning Short Film on Suicide
2017, January _ Animation Magazine _ Lifting Veil on Depression in "Hanging"