Attended the Academy of Fine Arts [today the National University of Arts] in Bucharest, but didn’t graduate.
In 1969 he was appointed as Head of the Cinema and Television section of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
 Won the Grand Prize for Sapte arte
(1958) as ‘Best Animation Film’ at the Tours Film Festival (France).
 Member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.  Member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.  Member of the jury at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival.
 Won the Golden Gate Award for Homo sapiens
(1960) as ‘Best Animated Short’ at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The Gopo Awards (Romanian: Premiile Gopo) were established in 2007 and named in honor of film director Ion Popescu-Gopo
, also celebrating the 50th anniversary of his classic animation film A Brief History
(1957) winning a prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957. The Gopo Awards honor the best Romanian (and foreign) cinematic achievements of the previous year. The trophy is a sculpture by artist Adrian Ilfoveanu representing ‘Gopo’s Little Man’, the main character of Gopo’s animation films.