Manila, Philippines – Araneta City’s Gateway Cineplex, through the J. Amado Araneta Foundation holds a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) documentary film festival titled “Today is our Future“ from December 6-8, 2019.

The “Today is our Future“ SDG film festival is presented by the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day this December.

The first of its kind, the aptly titled “Today is Our Future” adopts the SDGs as a central theme to inspire audiences to discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to introduce perspectives in the films on contemporary societal challenges to its achievement.

The films to be presented in the SDG film fetival focuses on human rights and their crucial role as the foundation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Entries to the SDG film festival were carefully selected by the organizing countries that highlights the particular importance of specific SDGs.


1.      Austria:  Werner Boote’s “The Green Lie”, takes on SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

2.      Denmark: Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon’s “The War Show”, focuses on SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

3.      Germany: Alexander Hick’s “Thinking Like A Mountain”, supports SDGs 6 Clean Water and 13 Sanitation and Climate Action.

4.      The Netherlands: Arne Gielen and Gertjan Hulster’s “Why We Cycle”, champions SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

5.      Sweden: Viktor Nordenskiöld’s “The Feminister”, calls for SDG 5 Gender Equality.

6.      The Philippines: Baby Ruth Villarama’s 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture winner “Sunday Beauty Queen”, brings forward SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

The week-long “Today is Our Future” runs from 2-8 December 2019. Consisting of two parts, the first half from 2-5 December engages the academic community with in-campus screenings and post-film forums on the SDGs at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

The second half from 6-8 December welcomes the public at Cinema 4, Gateway Cineplex, Gateway Mall, Araneta City in Quezon City.

Today is our Future.



December 6 - 8, 2019 / Gateway Mall Cinemas

Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City


The screenings at Gateway Mall Cinemas are open to the public and free of charge. Tickets will be available at the ticket booths on a first-come, first-served basis.


06 December 2019, Friday                

15.00               The War Show | DK; SDG 16

19.00               Thinking Like A Mountain | DE; SDG 6, 13, 15, 16


07 December 2019, Saturday

15.00               Why We Cycle | NL; SDG 11

19.00               The Feminister | SE; SDG 5


08 December 2019, Sunday

15.00               The Green Lie | AT; SDG 12

19.00               Sunday Beauty Queen | PH; SDG 5, 8


Today is our Future” is organized by the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Voyage Film, in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas, J. Araneta Foundation, Gateway Cineplex, Araneta City; and the support of the United Nations Development Programme.