NGC Lab represented by Nikolay Skachkov is the founder and organizer of NGC Competition, an international film composers' competition based in Moscow, Russia

NGC Competition is aiming to discover the most talented composers regardless of their age, gender or nationality, focusing only on the impact of their works. The competition helps film composers to learn from the best professionals in the industry, as well as to grow their professional international network and to discover their artistic career path. This will have a significant impact on the Russian film industry in particular, as such events are rare in Russia.

  • relevant educational background and / or work experience;
  • experience in composing music for films or moving image;
  • motivation and professional interest in growing as a film composer;
  • show potential for international collaboration;
  • speak fluent English.

  • Applications can be submitted between December 15th, 2020 and May 16th, 2021 (inclusively).
  • During this period a participant has to compose an up to 5-minute long piece that could become the main theme for a movie.
  • Afterwards, the participant will be asked to fill out a special form on the website and attach his/her composition (both: music in .MP3 format, and scores in .PDF) that he/she wants to present at the competition, and it must meet the following requirements:
  • The work shouldn't be previously played on stage or released publicly;
  • The maximum length of the piece should not exceed 5 minutes;
  • Our orchestra comprises 76 musicians. You are free to choose the musicians you need. You will find a full list below*;
  • Please title your file as per following: LastName_FirstName_NGC-Comp2021. Files with worng titling won't be considering;
  • No group work is accepted, only individual compositions.
*76-piece orchestra
2 Flutes1 Piccolo
2 Oboes
1 Cor Anglais
2 Clarinets
1 Bass clarinet
2 Bassoons
1 Contrabassoon
6 Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba
1 Harp
1 Celesta / Piano
1 timpani player
4 players for orchestral percussion:
Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Tubular Bells, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam, Triangle, Tambourine, Piccolo Snare, Snare Drum, Bass Drum
12 first violins
10 second violins
8 violas
8 celli
5 double basses
  • Upon submission, a participant will be asked to pay an application fee in the amount of 35 € for the applicants before March 1st, 2021. After March 1st, 2021 the fee is 50 €.
  • NGC Competition jury will present the shortlist of the finalists June 1st, 2021. The list will be available to the public, and the finalists will receive a notification via email.
  • The jury will announce the winner July 1st, 2021. - Full scores and musical parts of a winning piece should be sent in PDF by July 10th, 2021

First round: May 16th, 2021 through June 1st, 2021. The list of the 15 finalists will be announced June 1st, 2021
Second round: June 1st, 2021 through July 1st, 2021: The winner will be announced July 1st, 2021
All the applications submitted by the deadline – May 16th, 2021 – will be considered in the first round by our jury of experts and by June 1st, 2021 they will announce the list of 15 finalists.
During the second round, our jury will review again works of 15 chosen finalists and will announce the winner July 1st, 2021.
The decision of the Jury will be final and cannot be disputed.
NGC Competition is under no obligation to make any use of any submitted Composition.
NGC Competition reserves the right to cancel and/or extend the Competition or, to the extent as may be necessary, amend these rules without notice. No liability shall attach to NGC Competition as a result of any such cancellation or extension.

Our jury consists of four people
  1. Harry Gregson-Williams – the President of the jury, composer
  2. Anton Schwarz – music producer, supervisor
  3. Hendrik Schwarzer – the CEO of Orchestral Tools
  4. Nikolay Skachkov – composer, the CEO and the founder of NGC Lab
  5. Ilya Efimov — composer, the CEO of EFIMOVMUSIC
  6. Jenna Fentimen — Head Of Creative Manners McDade Music Publishing Ltd Manners McDade Artist Management LLP
is using the following evaluation criteria for the review of submitted compositions:
  • Style
  • Orchestration
  • Arrangement
  • Programming
  • Use of the symphonic orchestra
  • Production value
  • Musicality

  • Premiere of the winning piece at the concert with a full symphonic orchestra
  • Professional video recording of the premiere performance
  • Orchestral Tools' Phoenix Orchestra sound library + choice of two additional Orchestral Tools libraries, + 50% discount on their products for the rest of 2021
  • 50% discount on all sound libraries of EFIMOVMUSIC + choice of two additional EFIMOVMUSIC libraries
  • A Neumann monitors
  • Winner's Diploma signed by Harry Gregson-Williams

Every applicant has to pay a registration fee in the amount of 35 € (until March 1st , 2021) or 50 € (between March 2nd, 2021 and May 16th, 2021). The fee is non-refundable, including cases when applicants withdraw their participation.
The fee is to be paid upon submission of the composition via Yandex system (for Russian citizens) or PayPal (for the rest of the world).