OverviewSubmission RulesJudging Process & CriteriaPrizes

Contest Information:

Are you a master of storytelling through the means of emotes with your friends? Join in on the LunarCon Machinima Video Contest!

Submission Rules:

  • Your Machinima will be in video form in 16:9 (either 720p or 1080p) and at least 24fps. You are free to have your video at a higher resolution or frame rate if you wish.
  • All video assets must be from the official FFXIV client, no mods. Video editing filters and effects are okay.
  • All audio assets must either be from FFXIV or totally original, and follow SE’s musical performance guidelines.
  • Avoid usage of copyrighted iconography (ex: a picture of master chief) References are fine as long as it’s all made from in-game assets or original assets (an original drawing of master chief made by those involved in creating the Machinima)
  • If you have dialogue, no harder swears than you’d hear from FFXIV itself
  • Avoid including anything that may spoil FFXIV’s story from the start the 2.1 patches and onwards
  • No longer than 4 minutes
  • Upload the Machinima Video to Youtube
  • Include “LunarCon 2023 Machinima Entry” in the title
  • One entry per person/group
  • All entries on finalized
  • Note that your entry may be used in future promotional material for LunarCon

Judging Process & Criteria:

Judging Process
  • Judges will be reviewing your submission based on the criteria listed.
  • Each submission can be scored up to 10 points per criteria per judge.
  • All scores of a submission will be tallied to a total score.
  • The submission with the highest score is the winner.

Judging Criteria

Your entry will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Polish - technical aspects like video quality, audio quality, etc
  • Editing - aspects having to do with video editing such as timing of cuts/transitions, and other potential effects outside the game's engine
  • Cinematography - filming technique and composition, things like lighting, positioning of actors, camera angles, movement etc
  • Execution - how well the video executes on its idea and goals based on both what the creators intent, and the interpretation of the judges


  • Disclaimer: Prizes can only be handed out on NA Data Centers.
The prizes for the Machinima Video Contest are as follows:
  • First place: 20 million gil (NA Data Center) + Half-Body Tendered Art from Frey
  • Second Place: 10 million gil (NA Data Center)
  • Third Place: 5 million gil (NA Data Center)

Gil contributions provided by: Lrek, Arya Ranahiir, Akari Zanto, Diamond Dust Entertainment, Bedlam Aura, Sailysium Leingod, Og Mandino, Calia Balor, and other Anonymous donors in the FFXIV community!