Dubai, UAE (April 7th2018) –Thousands of fans visited Dubai World Trade Centre for the second day of 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 throughout the second day.
WAVO Main Stage
Superheroes of all ages got to party at the WAVO Main Stage at the “Party Monsters Superhero Rave,” before DJ Trina took over to spin her tunes in the city of dunes. The Boxtones brought their energetic blend of rock and pop to the Con before fans spent the evening strutting their stuff at the highly anticipated Huawei Nova 3e Cosplay Contest!
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 take away huge cash prizes including the US$3,000 for the Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Character, and a number of AED 3,000 prizes for 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 AlodiaGosiengfiao, 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, AlodiaGosiengfiao, Ray Chase, Gaku Space and Max Mittelman who all returned today, 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.
Workshops on Day 2 included some amazing opportunities to “Learn the Hilarious Art of the Simpsons with Maestro Phil Ortiz” and “How To Commercialise Your Creativity By IsmatAbidy” 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.
From Iron Man to Black Panther, it’s been an entire decade including 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans have the chance to experience it all at MEFCC by visiting Marvel’s 10 Year Anniversary stand.
Friends are becoming superheroes together at MEFCC with Virgin Mobile’s Human Claw Machine! Fly through the air and be in with a chance to win 2 Samsung S9+ phones!
This year, MEFCC is supporting Kick Cancer, an initiative that raises awareness on cancer using the power of football. Aim, kick, and score the football in the bin, for Kick Cancer’s #BinChallenge! Challenge three friends to do it too, and let them know how early cancer detection and regular check-ups can save lives. Go on and be a real superhero!
Funko and MEFCC have partnered to bring you MEFCC Exclusive Funko Pops! Not available anywhere else in the world except at the Con! If you want your Funko get to the Con!
And that’s not it! Check out these links for regular updates on your favorite MEFCC zones.
a. Meet the Stars with Virgin Mobile
b. WAVO Mainstage
c. ROXY Cineclub
d. Huawei Nova 3E Cosplay Contest
f. More Exhibitors
g. The Foodsters Village
Don’t miss all the action for the final day of MEFCC tomorrow! Grab your MEFCC tickets now. Available online (www.mefcc.com) and at Virgin Megastore outlets across the GCC.
About Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC)
Middle East Film and Comic Con takes place on 5-7 April 2018 at Dubai World Trade Center. Returning for its 7th edition and hosting over 60,000 enthusiasts, the event has grown to become the region’s largest popular culture festival. Offering a mix of international and regional entertainment and brands from Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Anime, Manga, Gaming, Comics and Collectables – it’s the ultimate destination for a fun and action-packed day out. Fans can meet celebrities, buy exclusive merchandise, watch film previews and screenings, take part in creative workshops, compete in gaming tournaments and more!
Ticket prices start from 110AED. For more information, to book tickets and see the latest celebrity roster, visit www.mefcc.com.
About Informa Exhibitions
With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Industry insight, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides Informa Exhibitions customers and partners with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.
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