Michael Kontaxis is a 19 year old filmmaker from Palm Springs, CA, who made his first movie ten years ago, and hasnʼt stopped since. To date, Kontaxis has made over 40 films in all different areas of the film medium. He started his professional career at the age of 11 with promotional content, working for various national organizations such as Make-a-Wish, YMCA, and El Pollo Loco.
Kontaxis then made the decision to begin telling stories through short films, and created his first short film, Aroma, which saw festival success around the country, being accepted into LA Comedy Shorts
and the New York Greek Film Festival
. But that was just the beginning. Since then, Kontaxis has received accolades around the country for his work, taking home top student honors at Trail Dance Film Festival
, DaVinci Film Festival
, the Green Cup Challenge
, and Palm Springs Student Film Festival
, and being accepted into festivals such as Paso Robles Film Festival
, Kids First Film Festival
, Temecula Film and Music Festival,
and the Feel Good Film Festival
. Perhaps most notably, Kontaxis had not one, but two short films accepted into the main competition at one of the world’s most prestigious short film festivals, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. He was one of only two filmmakers to have more than one film in the festival, the other being actor James Franco. Both of Kontaxis’ films screened to overwhelmingly enthusiastic audiences, with The Desert Sun
calling Free Parking “a noteworthy achievement” and CBS 2 News
calling it “magical”. Mist Fortune was so beloved by audiences that it was selected as Best of Fest (Comedy). Smartie Pants
, arguably his most ambitious effort yet, is a 30 minute short film Michael made as a 17 year old about a young child who get’s a pack of Smarties on Halloween… that actually make him smarter. Smartie Pants also won awards at festivals throughout the country.
After Smartie Pants, Kontaxis decided to shift gears slightly, and created a pair of music videos in 2011. This first was a boy band parody called “My World View”, a Green Cup Challenge inspired ode to the environment. This film, coupled with Go Green or Go Home, paved the way for “The Andover Song”, a tribute to his alma mater. The 8 minute rap music video epic created significant buzz across the web, was certified viral by Google, and was featured on a variety of different websites, including The Huffington Post, Slate, Village Voice, ESPN Grantland, Gawker, and Time Magazine.
In 2012, Kontaxis made his most recent effort, Arms Race, which premiered in June at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. The rest of the year has much more to come — follow on Facebook/Youtube/Twitter to be the first to know when the latest projects come out.