The ZF Art Foundation was founded in 1990 to mark the 75th anniversary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. The idea was to purposefully transform the social engagement of ZF for art and culture into a foundation to facilitate long-lasting and on-going cultural sponsorship in the Lake Constance region. The purpose of the Foundation is sponsorship of the arts and culture, in particular of contemporary art. By doing so the ZF Art Foundation makes a contribution to a lively cultural life in the region. The current sponsorship concept comprises, in addition to the ZF residential scholarship for artists in the visual arts, the ZF Music Prize (in conjunction with the Young Masters Pianist Festival) and the ZF Short Film Award (in conjunction with Friedrichshafen Film Days). Beside sponsorship, the main emphasis is to facilitate the encounter of the public with art and culture, and the artists themselves.
The Friedrichshafen Film Days offer visitors of all ages a varied choice of short and documentary films, as well as the opportunity of contact with young film makers whom the ZF Art Foundation would like to specifically support with the ZF Short Film Award for the best short film and the public prize. The sponsorship sum of the ZF Short Film Award amounting to 15,000 € was set with the intention of enabling the production of a new short film.