IFP sets 5 contenders for Open Palm Award

Lee, Ray to receive lifetime honors

IFP/New York has nominated five pics for the 2002 Open Palm Award for directing debut, to be presented Sept. 26 at the Gotham Awards.

Nominees are “Face,” directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan; “Manito,” Eric Eason; “Chelsea Walls,” Ethan Hawke; “The Laramie Project,” Moises Kaufman; “Love in the Time of Money,” Peter Mattei; and “Just a Kiss,” Fisher Stevens.

Ceremony also will honor Ang Lee, who will receive the Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award; Bingham Ray, receiving the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award; and Julianne Moore, who’ll take home the IFP Gotham Actor Award.

Announcement of noms was made by IFP/NY exec director Michelle Byrd along with thesps Laura Linney and Alan Cumming at Prada Broadway in SoHo. IFP/NY simultaneously launched a collaboration with Fondazione Prada.

The 12th annual Gotham Awards, a benefit dinner and awards ceremony celebrating achievement in New York’s filmmaking community, will again be held at Pier 62 at the Chelsea Piers. Bravo Network will broadcast the event Sept. 29.

“The Open Palm Award is presented to a first-time director in recognition of an outstanding directorial achievement of a feature-length film,” Byrd said.

“This year we are thrilled that a cash prize of $10,000 will accompany this award, providing assistance on the winner’s next project. The core mission of the IFP is to encourage and champion new artistic voices in the filmmaking community, and the Gotham Awards help fulfill this mission. It is a way to honor innovative artists who, through their daring and their creativity, advance the art of filmmaking.”

Past winners of the first-time helmer award include Henry Bean (“The Believer”), John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) and Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”).

The program with Fondazione Prada is intended to support emerging filmmakers. Fondazione Prada is a nonprofit org established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli to focus on contemporary art and culture.

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