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Saelyx Finna

United States
Racial Injustice, Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform, Refugee Crisis and Immigration, Privacy and Surveillance, Technology & Data, Human Rights
Impact Producing, Consulting, Impact Strategist/Advisor, Alternative Distribution
Cultural/racial identity:
Irish/German/Hungarian Midwestern-American
Self identification:
cis-gender woman


Saelyx Finna (previously known as Courtney Sheehan) is a filmmaker, impact producer, researcher, business strategist, and programmer. From 2013-2018, Saelyx was the artistic and executive director for Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the most comprehensive nonprofit film center in the Pacific Northwest. Committed to building coalitions, Saelyx co-founded the Seventh Art Stand, a national series of films from the countries and people affected by Trump administration travel bans; the Alliance for Action, a national working group for racial equity in independent film exhibition and distribution; and a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain. Through her consultancy Context Moves, Saelyx provides filmmakers and creative businesses with support on distribution, partnerships, strategic communications, and impact campaigns. Saelyx also works on partnership development for film festivals such as DOC NYC, and provides facilitation services to clients like Cinereach. //