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A short film about a dead man who comes back to life on the day of his funeral to make amends with his wife... Read more

London, UK Shorts
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This project was successfully funded on July 12, 2012.

A short film about a dead man who comes back to life on the day of his funeral to make amends with his wife...

London, UK Shorts
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About this project

Told in 10 minutes and 99% dialogue free, LEFTOVERS is the tale of a man's emotional return from the dead to redeem himself of a terrible guilt. It's a ghost story without the trademark shocks and effects that usually define the genre.

People's stories don't really end when they die. You can forgive but not forget and you carry your actions to the grave. Those that you have hurt carry it with them long after your death. This is what LEFTOVERS is about.


During his funeral, ROY returns from the dead to the shock and horror of the mourning congregation - for reasons unknown.

Silently he leads his estranged wife, ALLISON, and the mourners to the place he and his wife spent their final unhappy moments together.

There, in an effort to redeem himself, Roy reconstructs the last dinner with his wife in a desperate hope to reverse the damage he has inflicted on her their entire married life.

Will she forgive him?

The Script

Varun's clear and descriptive writing style instantly draws you in. Stark images leap from the page and into your imagination. 

We can't wait to bring this story to life. 

The Vision

We want to tell the story with a distinct style that will make a deep and lasting impression on audiences, so we are determined to be bold and inventive with how we shoot the film.


Meet our composer, MILES HANCOCK. 

  • BA in Music from the University of Nottingham, MA in Music from Oxford Brookes University 
  • Worked as an assistant to Ivor Novello nominated film composer Ilan Eshkeri and multi grammy award-winning score producer Steve Mclauglin.
  • Recent credits include: The Bounty (Directed by Daniel Albury) and Puppy Dog Tails (Directed by James Atkins).

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The Promise

We are determined to make 'Leftovers' and take it as far as any short film can travel. With an inspired, passionate, hungry and talented team giving all their energy to the project we have everything we need to make this goal a reality - aside from the funding.

Your generosity will ensure that LEFTOVERS grows to its fullest potential. It's an opportunity to support the next generation of burgeoning filmmakers, be part of this creative process, and to help make what we believe will be a powerful film.

With your kind donations we will be able to get our excited hands on the necessary equipment, confirm the perfect locations and cover all those pesky expenses so that we can focus on making the best film we can to submit to top film festivals, help further the careers of all the passionate people involved and… show our friends and family what we've been dedicating ourselves to tirelessly over the past few months.

The Prologue

The Team

Writer/Co-director: Varun Kanish

Varun Kanish is a writer and director passionate about writing stories that can only be told on screen. He received his B.A. from the University of Lincoln, where he studied short film making. Whilst there he also acted in and directed theatre – taking a production to the Edinburgh Fringe 2007. In 2010 he received a Distinction MA Feature Film Screenwriting - Royal Holloway University of London where his feature screenplay 'Duty' was nominated for David Lean Foundation Award. He is a firm believer in trying to find the most innovative way to tell a story, subverting expectations and striving to challenge the form with a deep love for cinema that is evident in his writing. 'Leftovers' is his Directing debut and the first in a evolving slate of shorts and features he is determined to produce in the next two years and beyond….

… when he isn't obsessing over film he can be fun.

Producer: Shatara Michelle Ford

Shatara is a producer, writer and aspiring comedienne dedicated to making innovative, thought provoking stories about or by communities not normally depicted on screen. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College, where she studied the politics and sociology of race and gender in popular culture. Having written screenplays from an early age and coming from a family of cinephiles, Shatara moved to London to further develop her filmmaking skills. In 2010 she received an MA in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London and now works in production.

Co-director: Tom Wootton
Tom Wootton has recently finished working on Tim Burton’s new stop-motion, film Frankenweenie as an Assistant Cameraperson. Having been shacked up in a studio for just over a year Tom’s now focused on projects that he can get his teeth into creatively. Having come from a technical and camera background - Tom is exited by the challenges of Directing his first fiction short after his great experiences in corporate video, TV and big budget feature films.


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Other Ways you Can Help

You can help us tremendously simply by spreading the word. Tell everyone about LEFTOVERS! Please repost this page on your Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc, etc.

Thanks very much for your time, consideration, and support.



  • First off, with Kickstarter being a US-based site, they currently only work in US dollars. Which for us, once converted into GBP, we are actually asking for something closer to £4,500.

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  • If we don't reach our goal of $7,500 - by Thursday, July 12, we don't receive any of the pledges. Your credit or debit card will not be charged. You will also have to see Varun's sad-face (which no one should see)!

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  • Exactly. The budget covers the essentials and nothing more. No salaries, no excess. This covers:

    TRANSPORTATION for crew and main cast

    FOOD to keep us all alive and functioning

    HIRING of filming equipment, props and locations

    ADDITIONAL PROPS such as flowers and a rented hearse for Roy's funeral.

    COSTUMES AND MAKEUP SUPPLIES - So we can bring back Allison's bruised face and Roy's lifeless body from the dead.

    SPECIAL EFFECTS AND SOUND - So we can effectively enhance this nearly dialogue free film.

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    The E-Hug:
    You will get a personalized thank you email from Tom, Shatara and Varun - praising your good graces.

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    20 backers

    The Matsuo Bashō:
    In addition to a personalized thank you email from the team, Writer/Director Varun Kanish will write a personalized haiku just for you!
    You will also get a download of the LEFTOVERS soundtrack and the Prologue.

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    11 backers

    The inclusive thanks:
    You will get the personalized haiku, thank you email, a PDF copy of the script, a download of the LEFTOVERS soundtrack and a thank-you video from the LEFTOVERS team!

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    The Cookie Monster care package:

    If you live in the UK, producer Shatara Ford will bake some of her famous wholewheat chocolate-chip pecan cookies and send 8 of them to you (yummy)! If you live elsewhere, Shatara will send you a personalized instructional video, revealing her secret recipe to allow you to make your own. You will also get a personalized LEFTOVERS thank-you postcard signed by the team, the Prologue DVD and a pdf copy of the script.

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    The Insider:
    In addition to getting weekly updates from the team, you'll get an original story board sketch (by the fantastic Stuart Catley) and corresponding photo still, a signed manuscript score of the soundtrack (from the amazing composer Miles Hancock), download of the soundtrack and official LEFTOVERS postcard with message of thanks.

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    The Crew:
    If you're in London and available from the 13th to the 15th of July - you get to be a mourner in the film, with your name in the credits and on IMDB. You'll have the chance to sample the various tasty baked goods lovingly prepared by Shatara, and an invite to the wrap party. If you're not in London, you will get a personalized video message with highlights from the July shoot, an official LEFTOVERS postcard with message of thanks, and a 'Special Thanks' in the credits.

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    The Muse:
    Writer/Director Varun Kanish will write and film a 2 minute short about/inspired by you. If you're London based and feeling up to it- you can even play the lead.
    You will also get an invite to the wrap party and premier screening, a meal with the Varun, Tom and Shatara (flights+ accommodation not included), and finally - the cookie monster care package delivered to your door.
    You will also get a 'Very Special Thanks' in the credits and on IMDB.

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    The Associate Producer:
    You get exactly that... an "Associate Producer" credit at the end of the film and on IMDB! A CD of the LEFTOVERS soundtrack, and a signed copy of the poster.
    You will also get an invite to the wrap party and premier screening, a meal with the team (flights+ accommodation not included), and Shatara will bake your choice of cake, cookie or cupcake.

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    The Corporate Pack (UK based only):
    You will get everything in the Associate Producer package along with corporate video services for your organization or business. Either one 5-8 minute film or two 3 minute films.

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    The Executive Producer:
    Woah. First of all - you are oh, so kind. Thanks! You get it all! The credit in the film and on IMDB, the wrap party, on set access, dinner with the team (flight+accommodation not included), a personalized haiku, a festival pass (flight+ accommodation not included) The Insider package, and of course a personalized thank you video and postcard from the team.

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Funding period

- (28 days)