The first time is definitely the charm for Meera Menon as she received the 1st Annual Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival this morning for her feature debut “Farah Goes Bang.”

Kate French, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in 'Farah Goes Bang' © Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

Kate French, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in ‘Farah Goes Bang’
© Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

Menon received the award this morning from TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Vogue creative digital director, Sally Singer, according to a press release. Menon was selected among several other female directors at this year’s festival and received $25,000 with the award.

“We’re thrilled to highlight Meera’s work with this special award. We were impressed with her fresh, witty, and smart take on a coming of age story about girlfriends, passions and politics,” Rosenthal said in a statement. “Her film captures the spirit and themes of Nora’s work. I’m proud to continue Nora’s legacy through this award and continue to encourage women filmmakers to create the work that inspires them.”

“Farah Goes Bang” chronicles the travels of Farah and her two friends as they go campaigning across country for John Kerry in 2004. But things are still a little awkward for the twenty-something Farah as she  also hopes to finally lose her virginity in the process.

Keep a look out for the IIF review in the coming days, as well as an interview with Menon, writer/producer Laura Goode and others. Oh and you can still watch the film (FOR FREE) online at the Tribeca Online Festival.