Nick LeDonne, is an award winning independent animator
making films to make a difference.
Although early in his career, Nick has won numerous accolades
at international festivals, created uplifting community murals,
presented an animation masterclass at the Barbican Centre
in London, judged entries for the CINE Golden Eagle Awards,
and has been featured in press such as Mental Health Radio,
NJEA Magazine, AWN, Cartoon Brew, and Animation Magazine.
"Nick LeDonne, has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past several years."
- Animation Magazine
When Nick first had the opportunity to make films he hoped to use his voice to make a
positive impact. His first film, Hanging (2016) screened internationally in 28 countries while
earning numerous awards such as "Best Animated Short" of the Catalina Film Festival. The personal short film describes his own journey through depression which now screens at
distinguished conferences such as the 26th European Congress of Psychiatry to open life saving conversations on suicide prevention around the world.
Currently he has been invited into the Creative Culture Fellowship of the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. There he is animating his personal LGBT story, Reaching OUT after being awarded the JBFC's inaugural Silver Sun Diversity Scholar. He also teaches animation at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Rutgers University-Camden as he creates independent films. His third upcoming short, Silent Night is a heartfelt letter to his late father that will premiere in 2018. Outside of animation he is a public speaker through his program, From Hanging to Hang ON; a powerful motivational presentation that gives a personal look behind his award winning film with an inspiring message towards youth.