Mark Daniel De Castro is a visual storyteller and independent filmmaker from San Miguel De Mayumo, Bulacan.
Daniel's idea of being a filmmaker was born when he first learned about art as a medium. He has been able to express his ideas through the use of film. As a photojournalist and layout & design creative, he has proven that motion pictures can record events as they happen and make the events available again in real-time playback.
He started by being good at filmmaking as a cinematographer, film editor, and colorist. This made other cinephiles want to learn more about how to design and make films.
In 2020, his first narrative film (Grow My Mind) was introduced at iWantTFC and international film festivals. Being recognized by different government agencies and non-government organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, his unique perspective and influence on his creative works appraised participation in local governance and development processes. Also, both parties broadened community engagement wherever his projects were released on screen.
Recently, he showcased his latest film project entitled Sariling Gunita (2022) featuring National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. The film opens with the call to love oneself while discovering Philippine culture.
He co-founded a cinema camera rental business. His first mainstream media project, "Hele by Eros Rhodes" when worked with MELVIN DAVE and TMP Productions.
He also made music videos for Mista Blaze and Jeasper Ahongon. Some of his clients include Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Bulacan State University, Rotary and Rotaract, ZarWrap Homemade Ilocos Empanada, and many more.
All of these efforts have been critical to success, but they still happen largely in solitude. The key missing piece has been the ability to connect civic groups and creative individuals with each other, their members, and stakeholders who are interested in initiatives that will advance a better world.
Official Selection (Documentary)
A Personal Reminiscence (Sariling Gunita)
35th Gawad Alternatibo
City of Manila, Philippines
Official Selection
A Personal Reminiscence (Sariling Gunita)
Cinema Rehiyon15 @ Montañosa Film Festival
Baguio City
Best In Trailer and Official Finalist
A Personal Reminiscence (Sariling Gunita)
SINEliksik Bulacan Docu Special
Malolos, Bulacan
Official Selection (Region III / Bulacan) | Nominated for Most Liked Poster Award , Gender Responsive Award & Best Performance
Grow My Mind
Klima Film Festival
Manila, Philippines
Honorable Mention
values for me
Oroquieta Film Festival 2021
Official Selection | 4th Runner Up
values for me
CinemaLamrag Online National Video Contest 2021
Bulacan State University
Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting
High School
San Miguel National High School
San Miguel De Mayumo, Bulacan
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