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Curriculum Vitae (angol nyelvű)


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.  From 1965 he is filmdirector. In 1995 he became 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 he is 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.) The production will be finished at the end of this year. He also involved as animator, animation director, graphic designer, scriptwriter, storyboard designer or simply as an adviser 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 ofTheatrical 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-show 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). Now he is working on animated décor of the ballet Csongor és Tünde (2012-13).

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. Exhibitions from his works of art are kept 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 cultural policy and strategy. Till now seventeen 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 (

One 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.

Between 1998–2000 and 2010 - 2011 he was the president of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary. From 1993 he is the member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, the president of the Hungarian Cultural Society (from 1998) and Saint Stephen Foundation (from 2006).


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 


Selected Bibliography


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


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


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


The Legend of the Miraculous Deer on the Starry Sky (A csodaszarvasmonda a csillagos égen). 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


About the Three Musketeers Who Are Four (A három testőrről, akik négyen vannak). 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Winged Altars of the Saint James Church in Levoča (A lőcsei Szent Jakab templom szárnyasoltárai). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio – 2007


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


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


Memoirs (Lékiratok). Helikon – 2007


The Saint Elisabeth Dome of Košice (A kassai Szent Erzsébet-dóm).  Book photographed by Gábor Méry.  Méry Ratio – 2008


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


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


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


The Saint Giles Church of Bardejov (A bártfai Szent Egyed-templom). Book photographed by Gábor Méry.  Méry Ratio – 2009
The Saint Martin Cathedral of Spisska Capitula (A szepeshelyi Szent Márton-székesegyház). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2010

The Saint George Church of  Spisska Sobota (A szepesszombai Szent György-templom). Book photographed by Gábor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2011

The Saint Nicholas Church of Pukanec (A bakabányai Szent Miklós-templom). Bokk photographed by Gabor Méry. Méry Ratio - 2012 


Illustrations (without his own books)


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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