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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Tuesday July 28, 2020 

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It's champagne time! Urban Cinefile has won the Best Arts & Entertainment website award in the 1998 Financial Review/ Telstra Internet Awards, from a field of 137 entries, through a judging process involving 57 judges and presented tonight at Sydney's Technology Park. "A win for content, and for the little man," said Andrew L. Urban, accepting the award with Louise Keller.

Thanking Simon van Wyk, Rob Olver and the whole team at Hothouse, including Lyn Tune who lead the design of the site, Andrew and Louise were surprised and elated. (Boy, were we ever!) Andrew (still drinking champagne at midnight) said it was enormously encouraging and rewarding to win such a prestigious award in the face of such stiff and powerful competition.

"We also thank Chris O'Hanlon and Ruby Blessing at Spike, who helped get us started in the crossover from print to the Internet over two and a half years ago."

Andrew and Louise sincerely thank our loyal, hardworking contributors who have helped build the magazine, often (always) for little reward.

Special thanks also to Sebastian Urban, who is on call 24 hours a day, trouble shooting for the computer illiterate editors.

They also thank the sponsors, The Financial Review and Telstra for this tremendous encouragement and honour.

The event itself was a smoothly executed affair with easy parking, elegant and comfortable surroundings and a sophisticated program which included (unusual) live entertainment as well as live music, freshly shucked oysters, plentiful other food and drink and an entertaining presentation.

Sausage Software won the Most Popular Website Award, Triple J won the Media Award, and two internet pioneers - Piers Lauder and Bob Kummerfeld - were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

The event was netcast live, of course. To check out all the winners and other details see WEB AWARDS.

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The Award Presentation

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