Bousis, Victoria

Bousis, Victoria

XR Director, Founder at UME

In her 20’s, Victoria started as a career prosecutor for the Attorney General of Illinois to bring justice to the disenfranchised. Later, as a producer for over a decade, she transcended social, political, and geographical barriers to bring powerful messages about the human experience to global audiences with notable films showcased at Venice, TIFF, and Sundance. Victoria  followed technological advances and embraced VR and narrative gaming to speak to future generations.

In 2018, Victoria earned a Master’s in Media, Technology, and Innovation from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), converging cinema, gaming and neuroscience to deliver powerful character-driven stories to be experienced by audiences with agency. Stay Alive, My Son (“SAMS”) is her directorial debut, officially selected in Cannes’ development showcase in 2020 with Chapter One premiering in Venice, Berlin, Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thessaloniki, FilmGate in 2022, winning numerous prizes for Best VR Experience of 2022, Best Director, and Best Actor. Chapter One & Two is having its World Premiere in SXSW. This year, SAMS won the cherished Producers’ Guild Award for Innovation. 

In 2022, honored as a pioneering woman in Virtual Production by the Hollywood Production Association, Victoria founded UME, a creative and technology based game company to pioneer the future of storytelling across all mediums and platforms for film, series, and VR/AR experiences made in the Unreal Game Engine. In March 2023, UME recently launched an exclusive PoAP at Paris Fashion Week for DUNDAS to build community and web 3.0 strategy around the collection and ethos of the iconic fashion brand in collaboration with DRESSX, UNIQUE NETWORK, and POLKADOT!

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