The MEMORY festival was co-founded in 2013 by MEMORY! Cinema Association, a non profit entity acting worldwide in the field film heritage preservation and promotion, co-directed by Gilles Duval) and Séverine Wemaere.
MEMORY worked closely in 2013 and 2014 with Bophana Center (directed by Rithy Panh) for its two first editions in Phnom Penh.
MEMORY! – the first festival of its kind in Asia – was created following on from the very few existing festivals dedicated to Cinema Heritage in the world, like Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Lumière Festival in Lyon, Toute la mémoire du monde in Paris or MoMA Film Preservation Festival in New York. The festival is largely intended for the general audience, but it is also clearly aimed at film professionals working worldwide in heritage cinema.
The specificity of the festival’s programming is to combine major classics and works which are rarely screened, including in their own countries, and many have never adventured out of their native land.
MEMORY! International Film Heritage is a non profit event with free admission for all screenings, conferences and events. For its 3rd edition (2015), now based in Yangon (Myanmar) after 2 editions in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), the festival received backing from Ministry of Information of Myanmar, and Myanmar and International partners.