The Captured Bird is an award-winning 2012 short horror-fantasy film written and directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, produced by Jason Lapeyre and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. It has played at over 50 film festivals around the world and garnered five Best Short Film awards. In 2009, Vuckovic pitched The Captured Bird to del Toro, who came on board as Executive Producer, raising the film’s profile and attracting world-class talent including Oscar-nominated Production Designer Anastasia Masaro (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Tideland), Oscar-nominated Creature Designers Spectral Motion Inc. (Pacific Rim, X-Men: First Class), matte painter Deak Ferrand (Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass), DP Karim Hussain (Antiviral, Hobo With A Shotgun) and Emmy-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Tammy Sutton-Walker (Avatar, Harry Potter series). The film was completed in 2012 and features over 40 visual effects shots and has won 4 Best Short Film awards. SYNOPSIS The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous mansion. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world.