18 - 20 April 2025

ADNEC Centre Abu Dhabi

Middle East Film & Comic Con

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Cosplay Competiton

Are you a Superhero? a proud Saiyan warrior? a Kaiju? a Fighting Robot? or at least do you want to be one? Well, you can certainly be any of them at the Cosplay Competition at MEFCC 2024! 

We're back with the biggest showdown of the year to determine who are the best Cosplayers in the region. The Cosplay Competition is the highlight of Middle East Film and Comic Con and we have an AED 35,000 prize pool up for grabs! 

WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT PRELIMINARIES – Team UAE

The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is back again at MEFCC for its 4th appearance! Bringing you the chance to make your dreams come true and travel to Japan to compete in a cosplay championship like no other! Grab a buddy and start working on your cosplays and props to participate at the WCS 2024 Preliminaries at MEFCC 2024. This category requires teams of two participants perform onstage and attend a prejudging round where all the costumes and props will be examined by our esteemed professional cosplay judges and a representative from the WCS Board. The winning team will get the opportunity to represent the UAE at the WCS Championship 2024 Finals in Nagoya, Japan during the summer! 

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Requirements:

  • You will have to be a team of two
  • Both participants should be 18 years and above, otherwise parental/guardian consent will be required
  • You can only cosplay Japanese Anime, Manga, Video Games and Tokusatsu Characters
  • You should either be a UAE National or Resident with a valid Residency Visa
  • Your performance should not exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Your costumes, weapons, props and content need to be all made by you

If you’ve got any questions regarding WCS and how to facilitate your participation, please email us at cosplay@mefcc.com

For more in detail requirements to participate, please read through the following documents:

Best Craftsmanship (CAPPED AT 25 PARTICIPANTS)

Are you a specialist in costume design? Do you build your own armor or sew your own dress? Is your attention to detail so specific that your character ends up looking perfect and as extremely cool as they look in their respective source material? Then this is the perfect category for you! Bring your ultimate craftsmanship game in this new category as our cosplay judges will look closely to examine your cosplay building skills and guide you on how you unleash your full crafting potential. 

Prize Money: 

  • 1st Place: 14,000 AED 

  • 2nd Place: 7,000 AED 

  • 3rd Place: 4,000 AED 


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Requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 clear pictures of your WIP on your costume, props or weapons

  • Name and image of the character + source material

  • Screen content for your performance (Music, video, background)

  • Performance should be no more than 1 mins and 30 seconds

Best Performance on Stage (CAPPED AT 25 PARTICIPANTS)

Not everyone works on their own costumes and that’s completely fine! However, there are cosplayers who can bring their favorite characters to life! And we are not talking looks, it can easily be shown through their speech, moves, manners, and performance on stage. If you’ve got what it takes to bring your favorite character to life, go on ahead, wow the MEFCC audience and make the stage your own playground! 

Prize Money: 

  • 1st Place: 6,000 AED 

  • 2nd Place: 3,000 AED 

  • 3rd Place: 1,000 AED 


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Requirements:

  • Name and image of the character + source material
  • Screen content for your performance (Music, video, background)
  • Performance should be no more than 1 mins and 30 seconds

Best Kids Cosplay

Talent exists in all forms of cosplay, especially if it involves cuteness and straight up awesomeness at a very young age. To our little Stormtroopers, Wonder Women, Spidermen and Ninjas, the stage will be yours to take over MEFCC as we celebrate your enthusiasm and skills in this category. 

Prizes: 

  • Everyone is a winner (Exclusive MEFCC Swag Bag) 


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Requirements:

  • Name and image of the character + source material

  • Screen content for your performance (Music, video, background)

  • Performance should be no more than 1 mins and 30 seconds