TEAM - Founders
Iege Vanwalle
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Iege Vanwalle is Master in Sinology (UGent).
She also studied two years at the Central Academy of Drama (中央戏剧学院) in Beijing and did a Master at the University of Leiden. She founded the company IKARO with Katrien Coupez, specialized in translation and interpreting, was co-founder and editor of Het Trage Vuur, magazine for Chinese literature in translation and translated and published modern and contemporary Chinese poetry and some novels into Dutch for various publishers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Iege teaches Chinese language and culture at various schools and online ( ).

Katrien Coupez
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Katrien Coupez studied sinology at Ghent University and Nanjing University (南京大学) and wrote her thesis on Chinese movies in the 20th century. After her studies she spent two years studying, working and travelling in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Back in Belgium, she worked as a freelance interpreter and translator for various companies and public institutions and also translated Chinese literature, among which the novel ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ by Ai Mi - filmed by Zhang Yimou.

Passionate about film from an early age and fascinated about Chinese culture, she founded in 2019, together with colleague Iege Vanwalle, Made in China Festival, for which she programs feature films, documentaries and short films.


Katrien has been working in the cultural scene in Gent for more than 25 years and has been a member of the selection committee of Film Fest Gent for the Chinese and Southeast Asian submissions since 2009.

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Camille Jeurissen is Master in Conflict and Development Studies (UGent). After her high school degree, she spend nine months on an exchange in Taipei to learn Chinese language and culture. Hereafter she studied the bachelor of Arts in Eastern Languages and Cultures: Chinese language and Culture (UGent). She is currently following the Postgraduate program of CHINA-EU Cultural Curatorship Studies (UAntwerp). She is also a volunteer at Gendernet (Groen), a national network that strives for equal rights regardless of sex, gender, race, religion,..