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URBAN CINEFILE - SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

Urban Cinefile was launched on February 27, 1997, when the internet was barely an infant. We are proud to have served our readers and the Australian filmmaking community as an ongoing resource ever since.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS
For the record, we have selected some of the milestones that have marked our progress as Australia’s online movie magazine.

1997
• February 27, 1st edition published; website design by Lyn Tune, website development by HotHouse in consultation with the Editors

1998
• Winner, Best Arts & Entertainment Site Award, Aust Financial Review/Telstra Internet Awards
• Begins syndication of content to Telstra BigPond Movies and is first Australian content partner for AOL

1999
• Begins syndication of content to Yahoo!
• Begins syndication of content to Virtual Communities
• Hosts AFI Awards webcast for AOL (and first live chat on AOL Australia with Kate Ceberano)
• Andrew & Louise host official Telstra webcast of the opening of Fox Studios; over 40 Red Carpet interviews with celebrity guests including Baz Luhrmann, Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch;
• National Library of Australia invites Urban Cinefile to participate in PANDORA, the ongoing web archive, citing it as “an online publication of cultural value”;

2000
• Andrew & Louise host Telstra webcast of Tropfest
• Begins syndication of content to LookSmart
• Finalist, Best Entertainment Site in the Aust Fin Review Awards (last one held).

2001
• Andrew & Louise host Telstra webcast of Tropfest
• Russell Crowe presents inaugural Urban Cinefile Birthday Honours for Outstanding Achievement by Australians in Film, on broadband – and is inaugural inductee in our Hall of Fame
• Begins syndication to Excite (later merged with Optus)

2002
• Andrew appointed Channel Host, Subscription TV Channel World Movies (continues until November 2006)

2003
• Begins syndicating streaming movie reviews to Optus for mobile phones (in association with AAP)

2004
• Produces doco of Screen Producers Assoc of Australia conference. Distributed on DVD internationally as well as to local industry and politicians
• Urban Cinefile editors host and produce short weekly movie review program, Movies This Week, syndicated to leading arts and entertainment channels, Ovation and World Movies

2005
• Begins syndication of movie reviews and other content to CitySearch
• Urban Cinefile establishes and sponsors formal Audience Awards at the Sydney Film Festival, creating six categories across the two major programming strands (World Cinema & Sidebar Program)

2006
• Launch of The Filmmakers’ Studio, a joint venture with 25 year old Metro Screen, monthly series of intimate studio interviews with established Australian filmmakers; inaugural year guests include Cate Shortland, Bruce Beresford, John Seale, Al Clark, Phillip Noyce, Susie Porter, Jason Ballantine
• Again sponsors the Urban Cinefile Audience Awards at the Sydney Film Festival;

2007
• AFTRS Centre for Screen Business commissions Urban Cinefile’s Editor to produce & execute an extensive series of on camera interviews of industry practitioners as an online resource for its website.
• February 19: 10th anniversary party and Forum (The Future of Movies) at Chauvel Cinema; February 22, 520th weekly edition published.

2008
* Urban Cinefile produces Doing Dungog, a 50 minute documentary on Dungog Film Festival
* Andrew records 30 on camera interviews for the Living Democracy exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
* Urban Cinefile presents Introduction to World Movies series at Trinity Grammar

2009
* Urban Cinefile reviews syndicated to Qantas Inflight Entertainment
* Andrew launches MugaBegone, online petition to oust Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe
* Doing Dungog is broadcast in April on TV Sydney
* Production continues on The Knowledge for AFTRS, and transcripts from the series begin to appear in the new bi-annual AFTRS publication, Lumina
* Andrew commissioned to research Art of Influence exhibition for Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
* Andrew presents more Best of International Cinema and Movies Now courses at Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education

2011
* Urban Cinefile reviews syndicated to Sun-Herald

2012
* February 16, 2012 - our 780th weekly issue published. Our 15th anniversary.

2015
* Urban Cinefile reviews syndicated to Sunday Telegraph

2016
* Urban Cinefile reviews continue to be syndicated to Qantas Inflight Entertainment
* We celebrate our 1,000th weekly edition

Updated April 26, 2016
 

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10TH ANNIVERSARY FORUM & VIDEO CLIPS

10TH ANNIVERSARYPARTY PICS (Photos by David Morgan)

15TH ANNIVERSARY

Andrew & Louise host official Telstra webcast of the opening of Fox Studios (1999); over 40 Red Carpet interviews with celebrity guests including Baz Luhrmann, Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch

Kylie Minogue

Rupert Murdoch

Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman

Prime Minister John Howard

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Andrew & Louise host Telstra webcasts of Tropfest 2000, 2001

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Russell Crowe presents inaugural Urban Cinefile Birthday Honours - 2001


AFTRS Centre for Screen Business (The Knowledge)






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