The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival began as a means to continue the Father of our Nation, uTata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s passion for supporting and nurturing the youth as leaders of tomorrow. This year the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, in collaboration with Brand South Africa and it’s Pay Your Part initiative celebrates it’s 5th Anniversary.


uTata stated, ‘our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people’ (3 June 1995).


Play Your Part Ambassador and Festival Co-Founder, Firdoze Bulbulia, states, ‘we are delighted to be celebrating and commemorating Mandela’s legacy and to continue to use his work to inspire the next generation. We believe that film, animation and gaming are innovative and unique mediums that can open new windows, shedding light on different cultures and traditions. The festival therefore acts as a platform for empowering young South Africans to participate in the global dialogue on film and media’.


The role of the creative industries, particularly the film industry  has been vital in positively positioning South Africa to domestic and international audiences.The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival in association with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (  will  be screening 10 children’s productions from partners globally: Egypt, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and Tunisia.


In keeping with Tata Madiba’s Legacy, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival want to recognise the “Champions of Children”- the individuals who work tirelessly to guide and empower the children of South Africa. Elizabeth Castle and Benjy Francis are stalwarts in the children’s sector in South Africa and have been working with the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA) since its inception in 1995.


Together they have been involved in the process of drawing-up The South African Children’s Charter, which ultimately became part of The Bill of Rights and The South African Constitution; The World Summits on Media for Children since 1996 and the Africa Charter on Children’s Broadcasting.


The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival took this moment to recognise their efforts in creating a better place for ALL children. On 27 July 2022, the NMCFF presented two Lifetime Achievement Awards to Elizabeth Castle and Benjy Francis.



Media Contact       

For further information, and interviews please contact

Firdoze Bulbulia- 0833251857 or





Main partners:


About Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa

Founded in 1995, the Children and Broadcsting Foundation for Africa (CBFA) has been working in the children and media arena. Hosted several international and regional summits including the 5 World Summit on Media for Children in 2007. The African Charter on Children’s Broadcasting which was adopted by ALL African Broadcasters including The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.


Moments Entertainment is a South African arts and media company. Founders Faith Isiakpere and Firdoze Bulbulia are actively engaged in projects that foster the ideals of The African Union, NEPAD and the Millennium Development Goals to assist African Broadcasters and organisations in participating and producing quality programmes for African children. They work with partners who are active within the global arena on development issues pertaining to children’s education and media environments.


The NMCFF22 in association with the Durban International Film Festival is screened on


About Brand South Africa


Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Brand South Africa’s primary focus is to develop and implement proactive, coordinated marketing and communications reputation management strategies for South Africa. Our main objective is to market South Africa to both domestic and international audiences, positioning South Africa as a competitive investment destination, and inspiring and instilling active citizenship amongst South Africans.



About Play Your Part

Play Your Part is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.



Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.