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Biofilm Takes 2nd at the 2012 Element Film Festival

Biofilm Takes 2nd at the 2012 Element Film Festival

Biofilm was awarded second place at this year’s Element Film Festival.

Element Film Festival is an annual event in Bozeman, Montana. It began as a way for student filmmakers of the world’s only MFA program in science and natural history filmmaking to showcase their work to the community. 2010 marked the first year that this festival was open to student filmmakers worldwide. The festival showcases the work of innovative student filmmakers that strive to improve our understanding of science and the natural world through film.

Past Element films and filmmakers have gone on to win numerous awards and recognitions, including National Student Emmys and Tellies; as well as showcased at other highly competitive international film festivals.

This year’s festival took place on November 2 at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman, Montana, where 16 short films – chosen from a record number of submissions – were screened. Winners were chosen by a panel of six distinguished judges.

Biofilm is a dramatic portrayal and introduction to a relatively new medical problem, which involves antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause chronic wounds in immuno-compromised patients. While not all biofilm bacteria are harmful, Biofilm demonstrates the impact that these resilient bacteria colonies have on people and illustrates the emotional and physical struggles of an infection. With limited treatment options available to those affected, a biofilm infection can last for up to several months or years and can result in amputation of limbs.