Student short


8 min.


What’s Bothering Sara?

Co Trápí Sáru?

Little Sara must deal with a strange rabbit that heralds her puberty and her first period.

Little Sarah is growing up. Her idyllic, childlike world is collapsing before her eyes - new situations are coming up that Sara cannot cope with. For example, the strange rabbit that annoys her during sports and contact with her classmates. It follows her everywhere. And then it bites Sara in the school bathroom. Sara is bleeding, scared and doesn't understand all the new changes in her body. But luckily, she meets a friend who is also being shown up by the strange rabbit. Sara has someone to share her troubles with and a new path to self-acceptance opens up.

Director’s statement
What's bothering Sara? The things that can hurt and make little Sarah feel strange and incompetent at times. Along with this, a mysterious rabbit appears in her life and gets in the way of her everyday situations in various ways, and with each situation comes more and more torment. But what is this mysterious rabbit? Is it her first signs of puberty? First menstruation, changing appearance and trying to fit in with the teenagers, which sometimes ends in failure. Sara blames the little rabbit for all this, but maybe he's not her enemy, but the one who will show her the way to herself?
"What's Bothering Sara" is a guide to the world of a little girl who is facing the realities of growing up for the first time, accompanied by the character of a little rabbit. She is Sara's mysterious guide to the world of adulthood and herself.
The whole film is an allegory on growing up and adapting to adult life, told in a quirky and light way.

Country of production

Czech Republic

Target audience

Children 12-15

Animation technique

2D (vector based), oil painting on glass

Estimated budget

15 660 EUR

Funding secured

12 480 EUR - FAMU

Stage of the project

script development (existing treatment)

Looking for

Co-producer, distributor, broadcaster, international sales


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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