By Staff Reporter

Father of our Nation, uTata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, passionately supported children and youth nurturing them as the leaders of tomorrow. He 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). 

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 NMCFF22 in association with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) ( will screen 10 children’s productions from partners globally: Egypt, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia

Masterclasses and Pitching with a focus on Animation and Gaming. We will support particularly, African women in Animation. Mentors are from Brazil, India, South Africa and Sweden. 

Lifetime Achievement Awards:

In keeping with Tata Madiba’s Legacy we want to recognise the “Champions of Children”- those who worked tirelessly to guide and empower our children. Elizabeth Castle and Benjy Francis are stalwarts in the children’s sector in South Africaand 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 ultimatelybecame 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.

We take this moment to recognise their efforts in creating a better place for ALL children.

The NMCFF will present two Lifetime Achievement Awards to Elizabeth Castle and Benjy Francis. 

Media Contact

For further information, and interviews please contact:

Firdoze Bulbulia on 0833251857 or

Notes to Editors

Main partners:

Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA) founded in 1995 has been working in the children and media arena. Hosted several international and regional summits including the 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

Brand SA and Play Your Part

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.

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.