Tribeca reveals Ephron prize for female filmmakers

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FILE - This Nov. 3, 2010 file photo shows author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron at her home in New York.  The Tribeca Film Festival has created a new award for female filmmakers named after the late Nora Ephron.  Tribeca announced the prize Tuesday, April 16, 2013, on the eve of its 12th annual festival. The award will be presented to a woman writer or director, the festival said, “who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.” (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
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FILE - This Nov. 3, 2010 file photo shows author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron at her home in New York. The Tribeca Film Festival has created a new award for female filmmakers named after the late Nora Ephron. Tribeca announced the prize Tuesday, April 16, 2013, on the eve of its 12th annual festival. The award will be presented to a woman writer or director, the festival said, “who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.” (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival has created an award for female filmmakers in honor of the late Nora Ephron.

Tribeca announced the prize on Tuesday, on the eve of its 12th annual festival. The award will be presented to a woman writer or director, the festival said, "who embodies the spirit and vision" of Ephron.

The 71-year-old New York-based Ephron died last year after a lifetime of books, plays and movies, including "When Harry Met Sally..." and "Sleepless in Seattle."

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement that Ephron was "a great friend to the festival" and that she hoped the award "will inspire a new generation of women filmmakers and writers."

The $25,000 prize is eligible to filmmakers with films premiering in North America at Tribeca.

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