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Unique Network and Film Director Victoria Bousis Partner for the World Premier of Her Award-Winning Immersive Film



Film Director Victoria Bousis partners with Unique Network to enhance the immersive film experience of her award-winning, ‘Stay Alive, My Son’ film.

Los Angeles, California–(Newsfile Corp. – April 14, 2023) – Film Director Victoria Bousis is excited to announce a collaboration with technology provider Unique Network for the premiere of her Producers’ Guild Innovation award-winning immersive film, STAY ALIVE, MY SON (“SAMS”) Chapters 1 and 2, to global audiences using NFTs at SXSW 2023. 

Stay Alive, My Son is an immersive film experience that has received accolades and support from attendees at SXSW Austin. The ambition of this film is to support family unity by helping find missing family members in countries distraught by war, climate or economic distress. Unique Network, a Polkadot Parachain, UME Studios, Intel and BOXX power this movement with NFTs and an immersive viewing experience.

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This collaboration with UME Studios created an immersive experience linked to Proof of Attendance NFTs demonstrating how technology can transform storytelling and establish a community around a specific mission.

Victoria will be sharing her vision for the movie and NFTs at NFT NYC in the week of April 10.

Minting a Limited Edition Collection of 120 Proof-of-Attendance NFTs

The winner of the 2023 Producers Guild Awards innovation Award debuted at the SXSW 2023 XR/Film Festival with Unique Network’s advanced NFT infrastructure implemented to create a limited edition collection of 120 Proof-of-Attendance NFTs titled “SAMS SXSW 2023 NFT: I AM HOPE – ATTENDEE” – which were distributed to early viewers of the film.


All of the NFTs and other 3D assets, including the entire production of SAMS in the Unreal Game Engine, were designed and executed by UME Studios, with creative oversight from Victoria Bousis. Intel Corporation and BOXX also supported the film, providing advanced NVIDIA 5000 series graphics cards for more immersive viewing experiences for SXSW attendees.

Over the course of three days of SxSW 2023 the event was attended by 120 viewers and over 40 attendees were waitlisted.

Victoria Bousis, XR Director and UME Founder says, “As a female director, I’m honored to partner with Unique Network on this project. I am overwhelmed with the support from the Unique Networks and Polkadot team who supported the film screening at SXSW. I am also very grateful to Intel and BOXX for their extended technical infrastructure. My objective was to champion an authentic community movement beyond the film that will carry this mission forward while personally engaging audiences. Embodying the spirit of hope representative of the paper airplane in this story, by claiming this digital memory at SXSW, attendees take the first step towards supporting our mission, which includes, advocating for compassionate policies that safeguard family unity, healing Cambodia from its tragic past and empowering a search campaign to reunite Yathay and his lost son. Post-festival, each mission pillar is linked to actions towards our mission. Empathy is not enough; genuine change requires COMPACTION, a word I developed which encompasses empathy plus action. This web3.0 partnership builds communities and strengthens SAMS impact mission while rewarding audiences with POAPs and NFTs to promote interest-based engagement.”

The NFTs as digital memories were used to verify user attendance and also enabled all film viewers, even those without prior knowledge of blockchain technology, to fully engage in an immersive experience. They also provided the added benefit of leaving the immersive film experience with a digital memory to be stored securely.

Story Behind the NFTs


NFTs use a combination of interactive storytelling, virtual technology, and immersive experiences to inspire communities and promote action in support of SAMS’ impact campaign. This includes encouraging people to watch and share the story on social media and through word of mouth, revitalizing Cambodia after past tragedies through a genocide revival campaign, supporting the search for Nawath through local and global efforts, and promoting family unity by revising the legal process of family reunification.

These dynamic NFTs could impact attendees long-term by unlocking meaningful experiences, engaging with other users, and fostering community engagement around an essential social purpose.

Alexander Mitrovich, Unique Network CEO says, “The UME Studio and Victoria have established themselves at the frontier of innovation in filmmaking by launching an immersive movie experience empowered with critical social messages rallied through the power of NFTs. We are excited to collaborate with them and deliver NFT-powered experiences as the movie starts its world premiere tour.”

Unique Network is breaking new ground by collaborating with artists, technologists, and filmmakers. Together, Unique Network is creating innovative experiences that leave a lasting impression on users, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the entertainment industry.

Contact Information


Charu Sethi
Unique Network
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Artificial Intelligence takes Center Stage at Blockchain Futurist Conference 2024 in Toronto




 The highly anticipated Blockchain Futurist Conference, Canada’s Largest Web3 Event, is set to return for its sixth year to Toronto this August 13-14, 2024, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence as a core theme. This year’s event promises to offer sessions, panels, and sub-events centered around AI, highlighting how these technologies are transforming Web3 and reshaping our world. The dedicated AI segment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2024, and is accessible with all conference passes.

AI and Web3 technologies are rapidly converging to create a future that promises to revolutionize the digital landscape. AI’s ability to analyze vast amounts of data, and automate complex processes, complements Web3’s decentralized and transparent framework. This integration enables more secure, and equitable solutions across various sectors.

At this year’s event, attendees can hear from top industry leaders in AI such as:

  • Anthony Di Iorio, Founder, Ethereum, Decentral, Andiami

  • Ben-Zion Benkhin, CEO, WOMBO

  • Ashley Nandan, Google Canada, Startups

  • Ari Juels, Chief Scientist, Chainlink Labs

  • Christopher Johnson, Developer, Bad Idea AI

  • Trevor Koverko, Co-Founder, Sapien

  • JD Seraphine, CEO, Raiinmaker

  • Breeze Liu, Founder & CEO, Alecto AI

  • Christopher Obereder, Investor, Startup Chris Ventures

  • Adam Benzine, Creator & Oscar®-Nominated Filmmaker

AI Futurist Conference will also host multiple sponsors dedicated to AI organizations, such as Inference Labs, a Gold Sponsor at this year’s event.


Inference Labs specializes in developing advanced infrastructure and products for AI on Web3. Their lab focuses on AI inference interoperating on the blockchain, an essential step for building a future where anyone can access AI without counterparty risk.

Ron Chan, Co-Founder of Inference Labs, and a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to pioneering the future of Decentralized AI had this to say:

“In all my years navigating tech cycles, I have never witnessed the level of developer interest in Artificial Intelligence that we see today. We’re at an inflection point where Internet traffic is roughly split 50/50 between humans and machines. I firmly believe that inference will soon become the dominant form of Internet traffic.”

With two decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Ron Chan has successfully navigated the ever-evolving tech industry, leading multiple technology and infrastructure startups to successful exits. His expertise spans architecting data centers, defense projects, and developing mission-critical civil aviation applications, showcasing his versatility and adeptness in managing complex, high-stakes ventures.

Futurist Conference will also host multiple sub-events and meetups for the AI community throughout the venue on both days. These include:

  • Crypto x AI Book Signing: Ari Juels, Chief Scientist of Chainlink Labs and author of “The Oracle,” will discuss Crypto x Artificial Intelligence on the Main Stage, followed by a book signing.

  • AI Ethics Roundtable: A critical exploration of the ethical implications of AI and the transformative role of Web3 technologies.

  • AI Web3 & Robotics for Kids: A fun and interactive workshop for kids to learn about AI and Web3, with hands-on experience with robots.

  • Robots Live Onsite: Witness jaw-dropping innovations in action and experience the thrill of future technologies before your eyes.

Futurist Conference aspires to be more than just an event; it aims to create a future world within a conference, immersing attendees in the cutting-edge technologies that will shape tomorrow. By offering interactive experiences, and live demonstrations, the conference allows participants to see, feel, and engage with the latest advancements in AI, Web3, and beyond.

Futurist Conference is the perfect place for these industries to convene, providing a unique platform for thought leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts to explore the transformative potential of AI and Web3 technologies. Get ready to step into the future this August.

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