The Milia D’Or award winners were announced last night at a special ceremony at the Palais de Festivals in Cannes.

The awards are presented each year at the interactive content show, which runs until tomorrow. They honour excellence in games and consumer software, interactive TV and online services and entertainment.

New this year were the awards for the best DVD-ROM and best DVD-Video, designed to recognise the innovative and outstanding use of DVD technology.

United Soft Media’s title Kosmos Weltatlas 2000 walked away with the DVD-ROM prize, beating UK company Eurotalk, which was nominated for its Advanced English with Inspector Morse language title. Sony’s Taxi Driver won the DVD-Video award.

Game publisher Sierra won the Grand Prize for Best Game, as well as the People’s Choice award, with Half Life (see above) - a 3D action game currently only available for the PC. (Pictured – screenshot from Half Life – Opposing Force Expansion pack).

Electronic Arts won two prizes - FIFA 2000 in the Simulation and Sports Games category, and Ultima Online the Second Strategy won the Online Gaming award.