Middle East Film and Comic Con
|Middle East Film & Comic Con|
|Venue||The Tourism Port (2012-2013)
Dubai World Central (2014-2015)
Dubai World Trade Center (2015-present)
|Location(s)||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Organized by||Informa PLC |
Initially featuring comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, MEFCC has grown to become a regional pop-culture centerpiece that curates almost all forms of popular arts and pop culture elements, including 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. Pre-registration for professionals, exhibitors, and guests usually starts 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.
Over its 6 year history, MEFCC has hosted some of the biggest celebrities in the world of pop-culture, including Jason Momoa, John Rhys-Davies, Gillian Anderson, William Shatner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Anthony Mackie and Liam Cunningham.
The first edition of MEFCC featured guests such as Jason Momoa, Laurie Holden, John Rhys-Davies, Luciana Carro, and Mark Sheppard among others. The exhibitors included Marvel Comics, Diamond Distributors, Xpanse CGI etc.
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  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.
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 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.
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. A Q&A session with Stan Lee via live video was also featured.
The sixth edition of MEFCC took place in April this year at the Dubai World Trade Center. Guests included Anthony Mackie who plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Liam Cunningham who plays Ser Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones and Josh McDermitt who plays Dr Eugene Porter from The Walking Dead. Also present were WWE star Kane as well as local talents from the UAE including horror director Faisal Al Hashmi, Mustafa Abbas, cultural diversity film-maker and Reshel Shah Kapoor, Dubai-based director of award-winning documentary Black Sheep.
The 2018 edition of MEFCC takes place from 5-7 April 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Center. This edition features guests that include Ezra Miller who played The Flash in Justice League, Jenna Coleman who played Clara Oswald the companion to The Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, Kristian Nairn who played Hodor in Game of Thrones, Karl Urban who has acted as Dredd and Skurge in the Thor: Ragnarok film in 2017, Jason David Frank who plays the Green Power Ranger in the Power Rangers.
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