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Tribeca Festival to Launch Prize Named for Nora Ephron

Kudo will go to a female filmmaker with a movie premiering during this year's event

The Tribeca Film Festival will launch an annual award, named for the late writer-director Nora Ephron, to be given to a female writer or director.

The Nora Ephron Prize, which comes with a $25,000 check, will be handed out for the first time during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The recipient, a filmmaker with a distinctive voice who best embodies the spirit of Ephron, will be chosen each year from a pool of eligible filmmakers who have a movie making its North American, international or world preem in the Tribeca festival.

The creatives in the mix for this year’s award include scribe-helmers Laurie Collyer (for Naomi Watts starrer “Sunlight Jr.”), Meera Menon (“Farah Goes Bang”), Marina de Van (“Dark Touch”) and Enid Zentelis (Melissa Leo topliner “Bottled Up”), among the eight filmmakers up for the inaugural honor.

The laurel will be presented by festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Sally Singer, creative digital director of award sponsor Vogue.com, during the festival’s Women’s Filmmaker Brunch April 25.

Ephron, whose play “Lucky Guy” is doing boffo biz on Broadway in a production starring Tom Hanks, was the writer-director behind films including “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie and Julia.”

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off April 17 with docu “Mistaken for Strangers” and will run through April 28. Fest presents awards for films in competitive categories, and also hands out related kudos such as the Disruptive Innovation Award.

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