- Making Films to Make a Difference -
Nick LeDonne is an independent animator who uses his voice to make a positive impact. His 2016 debut film, Hanging screened internationally in 28 countries earning 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. Touring with his work, LeDonne was also honored to be invited to present an animation masterclass at Europe's largest arts venue, the Barbican Centre in London. Hanging describes LeDonne's own journey through depression which is also creating meaningful change screening at distinguished conferences such as the Canadian Mental Health Association's MH4A national conference and the 26th European Congress of Psychiatry; helping mental health professionals open life saving conversations on suicide around the world.
Currently he is an animation professor within the Digital Media department at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University-Camden while he continues to create independent animated works. His upcoming short film, Dear Dad is a heartfelt letter to his late father set to premiere this Winter in 2018. His following film, Reaching OUT re-tells his own personal LGBT story about finding acceptance to be released in the Spring of 2019. Reaching OUT was awarded the inaugural Silver Sun Diversity Scholarship by the Jacob Burns Film Center to be produced within their filmmaker development program; Creative Culture.
Using animated films, LeDonne also addresses social issues though his speaking program, "From Hanging to Hang ON", an in-depth look at his personal life story of rising above traumas and sparking positive change through his animation.
ANIMATION | filmography
HANG ON | speaking events
"Nick LeDonne's story, as seen through his art, is a must see!"
"It is hard to believe that just a few short years ago Nick was on the verge of suicide.
Thankfully, through sheer willpower, determination, and a loving family, Nick found the power
within to create his own future and telling his tragic tale by the beauty of animation."
- Jessica Mlecz,
Ramapo College of New Jersey: Pre-Doctoral Intern, Counseling Psychology.
"Hanging is an excellent animated film on suicide which
characterizes the acute destructive journey both accurately and powerfully."
- Russell Copelan, MD. eMed International Inc.
"A VERY bold film that shows no fear
in exploring how hard the human experience can be."
- CINE Golden Eagle Awards. Washington D.C.
PRESS | interviews
2018, April _ Gary Kramer Interview _ Nick LeDonne: When Animation Becomes Therapy
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, June _ CHARACTERS: Storytelling Greece _ From Hanging to Hang ON
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"