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Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron

“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.” – Nora Ephron

The Tribeca Film Festival sent out an email Tuesday announcing that in memory of Nora Ephron, they will honor an outstanding female filmmaker during this year’s festival with the Nora Ephron Prize.

The $25,000 award, supported by Vogue.com, will recognize a female writer or director who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer, according to the press release. The inaugural prize will be presented at the annual Women’s Filmmaker Brunch at TFF 2013 on April 25 by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Sally Singer, creative digital director of Vogue.

Jane Rosenthal said: “She was a great friend to the Festival since its inception, and I had the privilege to know her and be in absolute awe of her. She did it all brilliantly, with wit and wisdom that went straight to the heart.”

The award in Nora’s name seems apt; she championed young women writers, as Lena Dunham noted in her speech at the Writers Guild Awards in February.

The prize, which will be known as the Nora, will be awarded annually to a woman filmmaker whose film is making its North American, International or World Premiere at the Festival. This year, eight filmmakers are eligible:

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