Middle East Film and Comic Con

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Middle East Film and Comic Con
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Status Active
Genre Multi-genre
Venue The Tourism Port (2012-2013)
Dubai World Central (2014-present)
Location(s) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Country United Arab Emirates
Inaugurated 2012; 5 years ago (2012)
Attendance Around 50,000
Organized by Extracake PRA [1]
Filing status Non-profit
Website
www.mefcc.com

The Middle East Film and Comic Con (commonly referred to as MEFCC) is a multigenre convention held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the month of April. The MEFCC showcases comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts as well as pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. It also focuses on regionally created content such as Xero Error, Freej, FOBcity, Gold Ring , The Sons of Two Suns , etc. The convention is the first and largest of its kind in the Middle East region.[2][3][4][5][6] Pre-registration for professionals, exhibitors, and guests starts from four months before the event. Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book companies and a cosplay contest.

History[edit]

The convention was founded in April 2012 by a Dubai-based events management and communications agency ExtraCake PRA and The Alliance.

MEFCC 2012[edit]

Photograph of a crowd, with some banners and stands in the background and some people in comstumes.
People at the 2012 convention.

The first edition of MEFCC featured guests such as Jason Momoa, Laurie Holden, John Rhys-Davies, Luciana Carro, and Mark Sheppard among others.[7] The exhibitors included Marvel Comics, Diamond Distributors, Xpanse CGI etc.

MEFCC 2013[edit]

Back again with its second event in April 2013 the Middle East Film and Comic Con hosted another successful event with over 20,000 fans from across the region in attendance [8] and media coverage across TV, Print & Online media. The event featured international guests such as Sean Astin, Alan Tudyk, Warwick Davis, Ioan Gruffudd, Manu Bennett, Max Landis and voice over actors Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt.

MEFCC 2014[edit]

In 2014, anticipating a greater attendance, the organisers moved the convention from its original venue in Mina Seyahi to the Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre building, Dubai World Trade Centre. Additionally, the event expanded from two to a three-day event (from Thursday to Saturday), where the first day was exclusive for VIP and student group attendees. The event featured international guests such as Seth Green, Taylor Kitsch, Michael Jai White, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Jaa, Christopher Sabat, Max Landis, and Sylvester McCoy.

MEFCC 2015[edit]

MEFCC 2015 had an attendance of over 50, 000 and featured guests such as Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, William Shatner, Angelica Bridges, Caitlin Glass, Kelly Hu, Sam J Jones, Max Landis, Vic Mignogna, Bryce Papenbrook, Clive Standen, and Miltos Yerolemou.

MEFCC 2016[edit]

The fifth edition of the convention took place during 6–8 April 2016. Guests included actors Veronica Taylor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Summer Glau, Christopher Lloyd, Nick Frost and comic book creators Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Eastman.[9] A Q&A session with Stan Lee via live video was also featured.[10]

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