Austrian Presidency RTI Trailer


Advance Europe. Together.

Europe’s diversity in harmony

Only a strong Europe can really make things happen – particularly in research, education, technology and innovation. This was the emphasis of the Austrian Presidency of the EU-Council in the second half of 2018, with a special focus on harmonising the continent’s rich diversity, to promote Europe as a research powerhouse.

As a part of the initiative, a short film called “Advance Europe. Together” dramatises this through the dynamic of an orchestra, where a conductor and a group of talented musicians fuse their individual instruments to a single voice. Shot in Vienna’s Semper Depot, also chosen as the location for a Robbie Williams video, the film is both timeless and timely, using drones and other contemporary effects. The score is by respected Austrian composer Erwin Kiennast, a fixture in Vienna’s musical theatres, who has created an impressive sound track combining classical instrumentation with modern electronic tools like a synthesiser or mixing board. On screen the film cuts between the orchestra and key areas of research, showing researchers from all over Europe in the course of their everyday activities, jointly exploring innovative solutions. Together the scenes illustrate the close harmony of research, education, technology and innovation, the key message for the Austrian Council Presidency in RTI: “Let’s advance Europe. Together.”

The short film was produced by the agency GGK Mullenlowe, commissioned by and in cooperation with the Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) and the FFG’s contracting authorities for supporting Austria’s performance in Horizon 2020.

In the fully accessible version of the trailer, an avatar translates the information into sign language. This version of the film was supplied by "SignTime", an Austrian enterprise which developed the avatar using national funds (FFG base funding) and, building on this, a project in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020".

To watch the trailer on Youtube, please click here.

To watch the fully accessible version of the trailer (English subtitles, international sign language) on Youtube, please click here.

To watch the fully accessible version of the trailer (German subtitles and Austrian sign language) on Youtube, please click here.