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Suzie is a little girl who goes with her mother and dad to an allotment outside the city. One day she meets a black dog and discovers a mysterious garden. Who is it that lives there? Suzie is a little afraid. But what to do when you are afraid of someone, but you find their key on the path?

Category Short film
Original title Zuza v zahradách
Director Lucie Sunková
Production MAUR film (CZ), SUPER film (SK)
Country Czech Republic, Slovakia
Format HD, CP
Runtime 13:19 min
Year 2022
Language Czech, English, Slovak
Subtitles English
Genre Animation, Children, Family


  • Berlinale, Generation, Germany - World Premiere (2022)
  • Festival Européen de Film Court de Brest, France (2022)
  • "Promotional Prize of the Children’s Jury", International Children’s and Youth Film Competition Oberhausen, Germany (2022)
  • Animafest Zagreb, Films for Children Competition, Croatia (2022)
  • Filmfest Munich, Germany (2022)
  • DOK Leipzig, Kids DOK, Germany (2022)
  • Tirana IFF, Albania (2022)
  • Warsaw FF, Poland (2022)
  • Uppsala ISFF, Sweden (2022)
  • Reijkjavik FF, Iceland (2022)
  • DOK Leipzig, Germany (2022)
  • Ajyal FF, Qatar (2022) Accessible FF, Turkey (2022)
  • BFI London FF, UK (2022)
  • Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart, Germany (2022)
  • Anifilm, Czech Republic (2022)
  • Fest Anca, Slovakia (2022)
  • Bucheon IAF, South Korea (2022)
  • Animest Romania (2022)
  • ...and more
  • 30th Czech Lion Awards: Winner Best Animated Film, Czech Republic (2023)
  • "Special mention", MONSTRA | Lisbon Animation Festival, Monstrinha Competition, Portugal (2023)

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  • English, Czech and Slovakian language versions available

  • MONSTRA | Lisbon Animation Festival: Special Mention by the Jury (Monstrinha Competition)
    "Suzie in the Garden is an animated painting in vibrant colors where all children want to live and make them live. A tender film about taking steps into the unknown and overcoming fears with arguments - aesthetic and narrative - to seduce audiences of all ages."

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