Bowen O’Brien’s Short ‘Guilty Conscious’ Was Filmed Entirely in Vernon – Vernon News

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An Okanagan filmmaker took top honors at Horrorfest.

Bowen O’Brien’s short ‘Guilty Conscious’ won Best Picture as well as Best Story, Best Acting and Best Cinematography at the Kelowna event.

It’s the second time O’Brien has won top honors at the annual event, but the first time he’s been the main cast member.

Filmed entirely in Vernon, the film is about how someone’s spirit quickly crumbles after a relationship ends abruptly.

The film’s main character begins to have visions after taking responsibility for the death of his girlfriend in a tragic accident.

The Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking (OSIF) hosted the event in Kelowna and screened all the films to a packed house earlier this month.

It’s been a good year for the 19-year-old director from Vernon whose film, “The Gift,” won the Deja View Filmmaking Contest earlier this year along with Field of Screams’ Matthew Brown and Kelowna’s Tanya Keller.

“It’s amazing how the film scene in Kelowna and Vernon is growing and supporting local filmmakers,” O’Brien said. “OSIF has a strong following in Kelowna and we are very fortunate that the Okanagan Screen Arts Society has revived Vernon’s Towne Cinema to help support local filmmakers.”

Watch “Guilty Conscious” and other O’Brien films at the Bowen O’Brien Show on YouTube.

All HorrorFest 2022 films, as well as “Best of HorrorFest” films are now live.

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