28 February، 2024

News from Emirates

MEFCC Announces Celebrities for the 2023 Line-up Which are Andy Serkis, Jamie Campbell Bower, and May Calamawy

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 2023: Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) that will take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from March 3 to 5 has yet another exciting announcement. Visitors will get a chance to meet renowned actor, director, producer, voice actor and author, Andy Serkis on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. To delight fans of the fantasy and superhero genre. Visitors at MEFCC will get a chance to meet renowned actor Jamie Campbell Bower of Stranger Things and May Calamawy of Moon Knight in addition to Andy Serkis, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Sabat, Zach Aguilar, and Paige O’Hara.

Meet the Stars

What makes Andy Serkis special? Andy Serkis is a seasoned artist best known for his role as ‘Gollum’ in the The Lord of the Rings franchise, ‘Caeser’ in the Planet of the Apes films, ‘Supreme Leader Snoke’ in the latest Star Wars films, ‘Ulysses Klaue’ in Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and ‘Alfred Pennyworth’ in The Batman.

He is also a BAFTA-winning actor for his portrayal of ‘Ian Dury’ in a 2010 biographical film about the musician, which is just one of his many awards across the film, television, and theatre industry. In 2012, Andy co-founded the production company The Imaginarium, which released its latest series last October 2022 with Half Bad: The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself on Netflix. Through Imaginarium, he also directed the films Breathe, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and recently, Venom: Let there be Carnage, of which he is set to direct its third installment.

Catch Andy in this year’s MEFCC as part of the official celebrity line-up along with House of the Dragon’s Matt Smith and C-3PO star, Anthony Daniels. It doesn’t end here as more celebrities are to be announced soon.

Join Jock at the Artist Alley powered by Manga Arabia

Mark Simpson, known as Jock, is no stranger to comic fans. He has worked across different comic universes such as Marvel and DC, and most famously, in Judge Dredd and The Losers. He has won multiple awards as an artist, like the National Comic Award in 2001 for Best New Talent, working on Judge Dredd. He has also produced the art and concept design for films such Dredd, Annihilation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Ex Machina.

Comics, Anime, Manga and Short Film Workshops at The Creative Academy

The Creative Academy will offer hands-on learning experiences in workshops from world-renowned comic book, artists, as well as cosplay, anime and content creation experts. Learn to draw comic book characters from our lineup of International Artists, bring out the aspiring James Cameron in you and learn how to get into the film industry with various indie directors, producers and actors, and last but not least, upgrade your crafting, make up and prop building skills with our professional cosplayers.

Meet fellow film geeks at Cine Club

Another fan favourite that is not to be missed this year is the Cine Club, from screenings, Q&A panels and fireside chats with celebrities to community meet ups. There are sessions ranging from The Language of Cosplay, KPOP meets Kdrama, timeless favourites, anime, celebrity panels and more. The detailed schedule can be found HERE.

A number of exhibitors and brands are making their way to MEFCC to give the visitors access to exclusives, limited edition items and the best of the pop culture scene in the UAE. Brands from Funko, Konami, Capeless, Kage Collectibles, Geekay, Samsung, Comicave, Mangabound, Huawei, The Little Things, Kinokuniya, Samyang, Warner Brothers and Tony Santiago Art amongst many other will be featured.

Expect more action from this year’s edition

Funko, the leading collectibles company, will be showcasing an exclusive product honoring Andy Serkis’ iconic role in The Lord of the Rings at MEFCC. Don’t miss the chance to add this merchandise and more to your collection, participate in contests and enjoy special discounts at the Funko booth.

With over 300 exhibitors, visitors can immerse themselves and engage in exciting activations from Konami, Comicave, The Little Things, Kage Collectibles, Kinokuniya, Manga Bound, Geekay, Samsung, Huawei, Samyang, Capeless and Tony Santiago Art, among many others.

This year, Ziina, the payment partner for MEFCC will be bringing payment solutions to visitors and easing the payment collection at the event for vendors. Cashless payments within seconds with no app downloads are now possible at the Artist Alley powered by Manga Arabia.

Sneaker District will also be delivering an upgraded experience as the WiFi Sponsor allowing visitors to stay connected and enabling them to share their experiences online. Finally, as Laban Up! sponsors the lanyards for this 2023 edition of MEFCC, get your hands on a nostalgic keepsake.

Get your tickets now

The Ultimate VIP ticket is already sold out; however, you can still purchase the Super VIP or VIP pass including the standard single day pass at AED 135 (single-day access) or the three day pass at  AED 299. Tickets are available on Platinumlist and Virgin Tickets via www.mefcc.com/home/ticket-info.

For more information and updates, visit www.mefcc.com.