The Middle East Film and Comic Con is the largest pop-culture festival across the region. It brings together comic lovers, movie fans, artists, creators and creative souls from a variety of realms.
This year’s edition was held from 5th till 7th of April at Dubai World Trade Center and witnessed the tidal wave of thousands of fans hitting the doors of Dubai World Trade Center since early hours and throughout the three days of the show.
Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri officially opened the event. Peter Hall, President of Informa Global Exhibitions, EMEA and Suzy Pallett, Consumer Group Director of Informa led a VIP tour, which was attended by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobas, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, and representatives from the Japan Consulate.
Fans from across the region attended MEFCC, the Middle East’s largest popular culture and entertainment festival, to meet their heroes, put on their superhero outfits for the Huawei Nove 3e Cosplay contest and compete for cash prizes, and learn how to jump start their careers in the industry with a series of workshops from the best in the business. Hundreds of exhibitors wowed with their unique collections, including items that aren’t available anywhere else in the Middle East, while performances from The Boxtones, DJ Trina, and the Party Monsters Superhero Rave for little superheroes entertained the crowd.
With new categories added this year to celebrate 10 years of the Marvel Universe, contestants pitted their skills against heroes and villains of all kinds in the ultimate battle to be crowned cosplay king or queen and other categories such as Best Comic Book or Movie Character, Best Gaming Character, Best Manga / Anime Character and more. The competition was fierce with contestants putting an incredible effort into their costumes, and the contest was judged by Alodia Gosiengfiao, a renowned Filipina cosplayer, model, TV presenter, singer, and actress.
An astonishing array of celebrities are in attendance at MEFCC over the three days covering sci-fi, fantasy, TV, cinema, gaming, animation and more. The first day of the festival introduced fans to the likes of Jenna Coleman, Christian Howard, Jason David Frank, Robbie Daymond, Adam Savage, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Ray Chase, Gaku Space and Max Mittelman, while some of the biggest names in the industry made their first MEFCC appearance on day two.
Ezra Miller, who starred in blockbusters “The Flash,” “Justice League,” “Batman Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” amongst others, joined “Game of Thrones” star Kristian Nairn, and actor Karl Urban, best known for his performances in “Star Trek,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Fans also had the chance to get to know Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell and Mina Sundwall at the Roxy Cineclub’s Q&A session prior to the hotly anticipated Virgin Mobile Meet the Stars.
In addition to workshops that included some amazing opportunities to “Learn the Hilarious Art of the Simpsons with Maestro Phil Ortiz” and “How To Commercialize Your Creativity By Ismat Abidy” as well as animation with Tom Cook, “Creating Manga and Comics” with Stu Levy, and dive into “The Wonderful World of Disney” with James C Mulligan, amongst others.
Our personal favorite was Warner Bros. World stand where we got the chance to meet our superheroes from the justice league: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Can’t wait till next year to geek up again.