Courtney Sheehan

Executive Director, Northwest Film Forum
Moderator, Acquisitions/Distribution Panel
Seattle Film Summit

Courtney guides vision and strategy of NWFF by overseeing artistic programs and services, operations, finances, and fundraising activities. Courtney has curated film programs and produced events for theaters and festivals on three continents.

On a year-long Watson Fellowship, Courtney investigated the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals and media centers in India, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia.

As a journalist, Courtney has covered film events ranging from the world’s largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam) to South America’s largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro) and her publications include Bitch MagazineSenses of CinemaThe Independent, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. She co-founded Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain.

Courtney first worked at Northwest Film Forum in 2009 as a programming and Children’s Film Festival Seattle intern.

She holds a degree in Visual Culture from Grinnell College.