Nick LeDonne | Animator - Keynote Speaker
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His award-winning animated short films "Hanging" and "Dear Dad" have been screened internationally across 30 countries winning accolades such as "Best Animated Short"at the Catalina Island Film Festival. Other prestigious festival screenings include the Burbank International Film Festival, the American Documentary Film Festival, and Animation Day in Cannes during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. His films focused on mental health earned additional exhibitions at the 26th European Congress of Psychiatry, the Canadian Mental Health Association's MH4A conference, and the 44th American Psychotherapy Association's Winter Symposium. His animation has been covered in Animation Magazine, Cartoon Brew, Fox29 News, and TVPaint Development as well as presented a masterclass at the largest arts venue in Europe, the Barbican Centre in London. LeDonne holds a BFA in Animation where he was awarded semi-finalist at the 43rd Student Academy Awards for his thesis. After college he became a professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design where he aided development of the new Digital Media program for two years until joining Nickelodeon where he currently works as an animator on the new CGI remake, "Blue's Clues and You!"
" When I went through my own hardships, I wanted to make sure I was brought down for a reason, and that reason became to pick others up. I'm hoping to be an example to youth that no matter how dark life gets, you can always find a better ending to your story when you Hang ON to tell it. "
- Nick LeDonne
Summer 2018 Print Issue
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