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Curriculum Vitae (English)

Curriculum vitae


The filmmaker.

Marcell Jankovics was born in Budapest, in 1941. In 1960, one year after leaving school, he joined Pannonia Film Studio. He began as an inbetweener, soon was appointed to assistant animator, then to animator. From 1963 he makes animated films independently. In 1964 he was chosen to be the member of the directing triumvirate of the worldwide popular animated series Gustavus. In 1995 he became the artdirector of Pannonia. Between 1996–2007 he was the managing director of the aforenamed studio. He has written, designed and directed several hundred animated shorts: singles and series. The first full-length animated film produced in Hungary – Johnny Corncob – is associated with his name. He was the leading director of the series Gustavus, Hungarian Folktales, Legends from the Hungarian History. Besides direction he was writer, storyboard and graphic designer and partly animator of his three full-length animated films: Johnny Corncob, Son of the White Mare, Song of the Miraculous Hind and of his independent shorts. From 1988 till 2011 he was working on the animated adaptation from the drama The Tragedy of Man of the greatest Hungarian dramatist, Imre Madách. (The play written in the 19th century was translated into 90 languages and was put on stages around the world at the big theaters of that time.)  As animator, animation director, graphic designer, scriptwriter, storyboard designer or simply as an adviser he also involved in films of others. In 1997 as a graphic designer  he worked in the pre-production creative team of the feature-length Disney production entitled The Emperor’s New Groove in the Burbank Studio, Los Angeles.

He is the recipient of more than forty Hungarian and international awards. He was member of juries on international filmfestivals nine times (Zagreb, New York, Tehran twice, Espinho, Ottawa, Oberhausen, Krakow, Hiroshima). He has written a textbook on animation and taught this artistic form more than twenty years in Budapest. First in the Technical School for Art and Design (1971–1972), later (from 1981) at the Academy of Applied Arts, now Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, where he is a private tutor (from 2000) with DLA qualification (from 1997). He has given lectures at the Kossuth Lajos University of Science of Debrecen and the  University of Theatrical and Film Art of Budapest.

He has tried his hand at theatrical work. He designed set and costume of a Plautus’comedy for a strolling company (around 1980), directed two folkmusic and dance-shows on the University Stage of Budapest (1981–1982), put on the stage his own play about the Bible for children in the Budapest Puppet Theater (1997). He designed the animated décor of the ballet Csongor és Tünde for the Spring Festival of Budapest 2013. 

The graphic artist.

As a young man he drew comic strips, but always from works of such notable authors as Oscar Wilde, Ray Bradbury or Stanislaw Lem. He designed posters, emblems and symbols, illustrates books, his owns among them. His works of art are exhibited in many towns of Hungary.

The cultural historian.

Coming from his childhood interest and his productions of tales and legends in the seventies he began to write articles, studies and books on this field. Main themes of his are symbolism, fairy tales, comparative mythology, archeo- and ethnoastronomy, religious and popular beliefs, sacred art and recently education, cultural policy  and strategy. Till now twentythree books and more than a hundred articles of his were published. The digital Hungarian edition of his five books (The Mythology of the Tree, Book of the Sun, Where Doesn't the Bird fly yet, Symbol-Calendar, Deep is the Well of the Past) is on the Internet (

Six book and four studies of his came out also in foreign languages (English and Italian). He speaks at conferences, in cultural societies, gives lectures at universities, academies and schools, takes part national program-planning, adresses the audience on festive occasions. From 1988 he regularly makes television-programs, talks in radio on similar  subjects.

He is the co-founder the DUNA TV (1992), a Hungarian speaking channel with English subtitles covering half of the world.   

He was the co-author of the New Hungarian Encyclopaedia (1993–1997), took part of the program-planning of the failed EXPO ’96 in Budapest, and of the Hungarian pavilion of the EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

He was the president of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary (1998–2000, 2010-2011),  the president of the Hungarian Cultural Society (1998-2015) of the Saint Stephen Foundation (from 2006) In 2014 he was elected as vicepresident of the Hungarian Academy of Arts of which he is the member from 1993. 


Animated films (without commercials, logos, clips and other similar kinds)


Gustavus (Gusztáv) series, 120 x 5 min. (With József Nepp, Dargay Attila and others.) – 1964–68, 1976–78.

Legend of New Year’s Eve (Szilveszteri legenda), 7 min.  – 1965.

Cogito, ergo sum, 50 sec. (For the competition of the Montreal EXPO ’68.) – 1966.

Tendencies (Tendenciák), 8,5 min. – 1967.

Dreams on Wings (Álmok szárnyán), 9 min. ( For Air India) – 1968

Inauguration (Hídavatás), 4,5 min. – 1969

S.O.S. (Mélyvíz), 1,5 min. – 1970

The Fox and the Raven (A róka és a holló), 13 min. (La Fontaine’s Tales, French – Hungarian co-production.) – 1971

The Heron (A gém), 13 min. (La Fontaine’s Tales, French – Hungarian co-production.) – 1971

Line Engaged (Mással beszélnek), 4 min. – 1971

Water of Life (Az élet vize), 3 min. – 1971

Johnny Corncob (János vitéz), 78 min. – 1971–1973

Sisyphus, 2 min. – 1974

Dirt (Add tovább, szamár a végállomás!), 2 min. – 1974

Fight (Küzdők), 3 min. – 1977

Hungarian Folktales (Magyar Népmesék) series, 100 x 7 min. (The complete production is close to the end) – 1977–2010

Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia) 80 min. – 1979–81

Tangram series, 4 x 3 min. – 1986

Legends from the Hungarian History (Mondák a magyar történelemből) series, 13 x 1o min. – 1986–88

Creation (Teremtés), 25 min.  (First episode of a failed series on the Bible.) – 1989

The Shaman in Eurasia (A sámán Eurázsiában), 35 min. (Animated and documentary film with Mihály Hoppál.) – 1989

The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája) in 15 scenes160 min. (The serial version is finished, also planned in full-length version.) 1989–2009

Prometheus, 2 min. – 1992

Christmas Carol (Karácsonyi dal) 1,5 min. – 1995

Song of the Miraculous Hind (Ének a csodaszarvasról) 106 min. – 1999–2001

The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája) 166 min. - 1988-2011 

Imago  (Arcmás) 4,5 min. - 2015

King Béla III (III. Béla király). A Pilote to the serial Memory of the Arpads. 18 min. - 2016


Selected Bibliography

Most books and writings were printed but in Hungarian. Editions in foreign languages are indicated after the titles.


Mire tanítanak a mítoszok? (What Do the Myths Teach for?)  1–3. Study published in the monthly Művészet magazine, 1974/IV., V., VII.


Az animációsfilm (The  Animated Film). Book with co-authors. First edition by Népművelési Propaganda Iroda, Budapest – 1976


A népmesék és a csillagos ég (The Folktales and the Starry Sky). Study in 3 editions. First published in Kapcsolatok (ed.: József Zelnik). Népművelési Intézet Kiadása – 1978


A csodaszarvasmonda a csillagos égen. (The Legend of the Miraculous Deer on the Starry Sky). Study in 5 editions. First published in Előmunkálatok a magyarság néprajzához 3. (Ed.: Hoppál Mihály – Istvánovits Márton.) MTA Néprajzi Kutatócsoport – 1978


La cerva celeste e il tamburo cosmico. Italian version of the paper above in Conoscenza religiosa 3–4. (Ed.: Elémire Zolla.) La Nuova Italia, Firenze – 1982


Archaikus világkép a szibériai sámándobokon. (Cosmic Models and Siberian Shaman Drums).  Study in 3 editions. First published  in: Világosság – 1983/XII. English version in Shamanism in Eurasia (ed.: Mihály Hoppál). Edition Herodot, Göttingen, Germany – 1984


Erósz és eróé – Kasztrációs komplexus a tündérmesékben (Eros and Eroe – Castration Complex in the Fairy Tales). Study in 3 editions. First published in: Erósz a folklórban (Ed.: Hoppál Mihály – Szepes Erika), Szépirodalmi Kiadó – 1987


Jelek és jelképek (Sign and Symbols). Beweekly column in the revue Élet és tudomány 1984–1986


Csillagok között fényességes csillag’ – A Szent László legenda és a csillagos ég (’Shining Star among the Stars’- Saint Ladislas’ Legend and the Starry Sky ). Book. First edition by Képzőművészeti Kiadó – 1987


Jelképkalendárium (Symbol Calendar). Book in 2 editions. First published by Medicina Kiadó – 1988


Szellemhajók – lélekhajók (Ships of Spirits – Ships of the Soul). Study published in: Művészet 1989/V.


Jelképtár (Archive of Symbols). Book with co-authors in 7 editions. Helikon Kiadó. 1990 - 2004

A fa mitológiája (The Mythology of the Tree ). Book in 2 editions. Csokonai Kiadó, Debrecen – 1991


Árgirus csillagai (The Stars of Argirus). Studiy in 2 editions. First published in the monthly Hitel – 1995/IX.


Hogyan lett rózsaszínű a párduc? – Egy virágszín szimbolikája. (How Did the Panther Become Pink? – The symbolism of a flowercolor) Study in 2 editions. First printed in English for a conference at the University of Szeged - 1993  


Kááár! - Hangszimbolizmus, avagy fonetika és mítosz. (Crow! – Sound-symbolism, or Phonetics and Myth) Study in 2 editions. First published in: ’Jelbeszéd az életünk’ – A szimbolizáció története és kutatásának gyökerei. (Ed.: Kapitány Ágnes – Kapitány Gábor.) Osiris–Századvég – 1995


Kényszercselekvés és szabad akarat - Vallás és kényszer (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Free Will – Religion and Obsession). Study. First printed in: Ahol a madár se jár – 1996


Ahol a madár se jár – Tizenkét év hét tanulmánya (Where Doesn’t the Bird Fly yet – Seven Year, Twelve Studies ) Volume of studies. Pontifex Kiadó – 1996


A Nap könyve (Book of the Sun). Csokonai Kiadó, Debrecen – 1996. English edition co-published by Center for Hungarian Studies and Publications, Inc. Wayne, New Jersey – 2001


Zodiákus (Zodiacus).  Column on seasons, symbolism and art in the quarterly Sine Morbo – from 1997


Mély a múltnak kútja – Gondolatok a kultúráról (Deep is the Well of the Past – Thoughts about the Culture). Volume of essays. Csokonai Kiadó – 1998


Gérecz Attila, a hős (Attila Gérecz, the hero). Study in: Sorsod művészete - Gérecz Attila versei és utóélete. Stádium Kiadó – 2001


Ének a csodaszarvasról (Song of the Miraculous Hind). Picture-book version of the film for children. Csokonai Kiadó - 2001


A három testőrről, akik négyen vannak (About the Three Musketeers Who Are Four). Study in 2 edition. First published in: Mir-susne-xum – Tanulmánykötet Hoppál Mihály tiszteletére. (Ed.: Csonka-Takács Eszter – Czövek Judit – Takács András.) Akadémia Kiadó – 2002


Az animációsfilmes (The animated-filmmaker). Study in: Réber. Holnap Kiadó – 2003. English edition –  2004)


A mese háza és az ökotradíció (The House of the Tale and the Eco-tradition). Essay in: Ökotáj periodical, 31 – 32. sz. 2003. December.


Művészet és erkölcs (Art and Morals). Essay in the monthly Mester és tanítvány.  I. sz., 2004. I. n. é.


„Leszállott a medve az égből”(„The Bear has descended from the Heaven”). Study in the bemonthly Vadon. – 2004. February


A ló a magyar mitikus hagyományban (The Horse  in the Hungarian Mythical Tradition). Study in: Lovas nemzet. (Ed.: Walter Hecker Walter.) Helikon Kiadó – 2004


A szarvas könyve (Book of the Deer). Csokonai Kiadó – 2004


Shakespeare múzsái (Muses of Shakespeare). An essay in the book with the same title. Méry Ratio, Budapest–Somorja – 2005.


Kifordítom, befordítom (I Turn it out, I Turn it in). Study. First printed in: Új Horizont – 2006. September. 3. sz.


A lőcsei Szent Jakab templom szárnyasoltárai (St. James' Church, Levoča). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio – 2007. English edition 2013 


Ornamentika mozgásban Ornaments in Movement). First printed in: Ornamentika és modernizmus. Ernst Múzeumi Füzetek 2. Ernst Múzeum –  2007


Boldogasszony, anyánk (Blessed Lady, Our Mother).  Essay in: Napút2007. September


Lékiratok (Memoirs). Helikon – 2007. Second edition 2014


A kassai Szent Erzsébet-dóm (St. Elisabeth's Cathedral, Košice).  Book photographed by Gábor Méry.  Méry Ratio – 2008. English edition 2013


„Nem agancsok voltak azok, hanem szárnyak” ("They weren’t antlers but wings”). Study. First printed in: Folklór és vizuális kultúra (Ed.: Szemerkényi Ágnes). Akadémia Kiadó – 2008


3+1 – A négy évszak szimbolikája (3+1 –  Symbolism of the Four Seasons). Csokonai Könyvkiadó – 2008


Nemzeti kulturális stratégia (National Cultural Strategy). Study. Published in: Magyar nemzeti stratégia. Püski Kiadó, Budapest 2008


A bártfai Szent Egyed-bazilika  (St. Giles' Cathedral, Bardejov). Book photographed by Gábor Méry.  Méry Ratio – 2009. English edition 2013
A szepeshelyi Szent Márton-székesegyház (St. Martin's Cathedral, Spišska Capitula). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2010. English edition 2013

A szepesszombati Szent György-templom (St. George's Church,  Spisška Sobota). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2011. English edition 2013

A bakabányai Szent Miklós-templom (St. Nicholas' Church, Pukanec). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2012

A késmárki Szent Kereszt-bazilika (St. Cross Basilica, Kešmarok Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2013

Szmrecsány Szűz Mária-temploma (Virgin Mary's Church, Smrečany).  Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2014

Kisszeben Keresztelő Szent János-temploma (St. John the Baptist's Church, Sabinov).  Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2015

Képes bibliai történetek (Illustrated Biblical Stories). After an unfinished animated Bible. Akadémia Kiadó, Budapest - 2015

A vizuális nevelésről (About the Visual Education). Akadémia Kiadó, Budapest - 2015

Nagyőr Szent Anna-temploma (St. Anne's Church, Strážky). Book photographed by Gabor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2016
Illustrations (without his own books)


Nazim Hikmet:  A szerelmes felhő (The Enamoured  Cloud) – Turkish Tales. Móra Kiadó – 1980


Mesék és mondák Mátyás királyról (Tales and Legends of King Matthias) Ed.: Nagy Ilona – Kriza Ildikó. 3 editions. First published by Akadémia Kiadó – 1990


Parazsat evő paripa (The Stallion Eating Live Coal) – Hungarian Folktales. Officina Kiadó - 1995

A fortélyos öreg (The Old Trickster) – Hungarian Folktales. 2 editions. First published by Officina Kiadó – 2002


Zsuzsa Mirtse:  Az égforgató csodagyűrű (The Sky-revolving Wonder-ring) – Tales. Méry Ratio – 2004


Mária Anga:  A király, aki megöregedett a táncban (The King Who Grew Old in Dance) – Tales. Felső-Magyarország Kiadó – 2004


Márta Sebestyén:  Magyar népköltészet (Hungarian Folkpoetry) – Songs (DVD). Helikon – 2004


Zoltán Kátai:  Krónika Chronicle) – Verses-chronicles (DVD). Helikon – 2005


Zsuzsa Mirtse: Lovagkór (Ageing of Chivalry ) – Short stories. Méry Ratio – 2007
Laura Iancu:  Élet(fogytiglan) - Life (Sentence). Universitas Szeged Kiadó - 2008
János Arany: Toldi. Méry Ratio - 2010

Ervin Lázár: Magyar mondák (Hungarian Legends). Helikon - 2014

Sebestyén Gyula: Gesta Hungarorum. Életünk - 2016 


Television documentaries  between 25–50 minutes (selection)



Animals in Mythology (4 x 25 min.) – 1989

- The Snake

- The Deer

- The Horse

- Birds 

Wonderful Trees (4 x 25 min.)1989

- TheTrees of Life

- Paradises

- The Tree Grown till the Sky

- Chosen among the Trees

Animals and Monsters in Mythology (4 x 25 min.) 1990

-          The Dragon

-          The Bear

-          The Fish

-          Imagined Beings

Beautiful Time of Blessed Easter  (45 min.) – 1991

Stories of Stars (45 min.) – 1992

From Sisyphus till Prometheus (45 min.) – 1992

In cloud-cloak with Star-crown  (45 min.) – 1992

The Ordered Time of All (45 min.) – 1992

Christ-portraits (30 min.91993

Who Thou Are from Eternity (Series on monotheism in 13 x 25 min.) – 1993

Legends and History (Archeological and historical series connected with the animated series Legends from the Hungarian History. Series in 13 x 30 min.) – 1994

Archive of Symbols (Televised version of the book similar titled, with co-authors. Series in 52 x 5 min.) – 1994

Christmas (Series in 4 x 25 min.) – 1996

-          Rorate coeli

-          Golden Bough of the Golden Tree

-          New Year’s Eve

     -    Epiphany

-          Magi Came from the East

Zodiac (Series 13 x 30 min.) – 1997

Calendar of Symbols (Series in 370 x 5 min.) – 1997–1998

Manger under the Star (30 min.)– 1998 

Easter  (Series in 5 x 25 min.) –  2003

National symbols (5 x 5 minutes) – 2004

Shrines (25 min.) - 2004
Pauline Friars (25 min.) – 2004

The Tree of Jesse Altar in Gyöngyöspata (25 min.) – 2004 

From St. John of Nepomuk  to Santa Claus (2 x 25 min.) 2008

Hungarian Saints (Seires)

            - Saint Stephen (4 x 26 min.) - 2014

            - Saint Elisabeth (26 min) - 2015

            - Saint Ladislas (2 x 26 min.) - 2016

Orders and decorations


Béla Balázs Award - 1974

Kossuth Award – 1978

Youth Award - 1982

Artist of Merit - 1984

Tree of Life Award - 1988

Middle Cross of the Hungarian Republic - 1998

Honorary Citizen of the II. district of Budapest - 2000

Patria Award of the DUNA TV - 2002

For Hungarian Art - 2004

Árpád Memorial Award - 2007

Prima Primissima Award – 2007

Honorary Citizen XII. district of Budapest – 2008

Commemorative plaque of the ’56 Foundation – 2008 október 23.
Leonardo da Vinci Award of teh World Cultural Council - 2009
Commemorative plaque of the Kölcsey Society - 2010
Klingsor Award -Bratislava Animation Biennale - 2010
Árpád' Shield Award - 2012
Middle Cross of the Hungarian Republic with the Star - 2013
Hungarian Heritage Award - 2013
Artist of the Nation - 2014


Major Film Awards


Inauguration             London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year – 1970

                                  Miskolc Shortfilm Festival, C.I.D.A.L.C. díj - 1970

                                  Thessaloniki Filmfestival Golden Nike - 1972


S. O. S. Mélyvíz        Annecy Animatedfilm Festival. Special Mention of the Jury – 1971

                                  London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year – 1971


Dreams on Wings     Beirut Festival of Advertising Film, Golden Cedar (Grand Prize) – 1972


Line Engaged            Miskolc Shortfilm Festival, University Award –1972


Water of Life             London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year – 1973


Johnny Corncob        London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year 1974


Sisyphus                     Zagreb Animatedfilm Festival, Best Short Film – 1974

                                   London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year – 1974

                                   Tehran Childrenfilm Festival,  Critics' Award

                                                                                 Award of the Children Jury

                                                                                 Tehran University Award – 1975

                                   Hollywood, Nomination for Academy Award (Oscar) – 1975


Fight                          Cannes Filmfestival, Golden Palm 1977

                                   Tehran Filmfestival, Critics' Award – 1977

                                   Chicago Filmfestival, Silver Hugo – 1977

                                   Oberhausen Shortfilm Festival, Main Award – 1978

                                   Espinho Animatedfilm Festival, Main Award – 1978

                                   London Film Festival, Among the Best Films of the Year – 1978


Hungarian Folktales  Hungarian Film- and TV-Critics' Award – 1981

Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF), Category Award – 1988

Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF), Category Award– 1996

Son of the White Mare    Los Angeles, Animation Olympiad, Among the Best Animation Ever – 1984

Tangram                         Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF),  Best Animation – 1988


Dirt                                  Lille, Festival of Environmental Films. Best Animated Film – 1989


The Shaman in Eurasia   Miskolc Shortfilm Festival. Category Award – 1989

                                         Parnu (Estonia), Special Award – 1990


Legends from the Hungarian History 

                                         Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF), Category Award 1993


Song of the Miraculous Hind                               

Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF), Award of the Childrenjury – 2002


The Tragedy of Man – VII. Scene. Not a yod!

                                         Kecskemét Animated Filmfestival (KAFF), Special Award – 2007

The Tragedy of Man         Special Award of Filmcritics - 2012

                                          Szolnok Festival of Films of Fine Arts, Main Award - 2012 

                                          Jerevan, Festival of Animated Film, Best Feature Length Animated Film - 2012

                                          Vilnius, Festival of Animated Film, Best Feature Length Animated Film - 2012

                                          Lalín, ANIRMAU' 13, III. Animation Film Festival, "PONTINAS CC Y DE OCIO GADIS" AWARD - 2013

Personal Book Awards


Symbol Calendar                        Budapest, Publisher Award – 1989

The Stallion Eating Live Coal    Budapest, Fine Hungarian Books , Special Award – 1995

Tales and Legends of King Matthias     

                                                    Budapest, Fine Hungarian Books, Main Jury Award, Special Award – 1999

                                                    Budapest, International Board on Books for Young People     (IBBY): The Childrenbook of the Year – 1999

                                                    Basel, IBBY: Diplom of Honor – 2002