ZF Short Film Award 2021

Short film Have a Nice Dog! wins 2021 ZF Short Film Prize


Competitions contribution

Have a Nice Dog!, 2021

Link zum Trailer

Jury statement

Jury statement for Have a Nice Dog! – ‘Now or Never’ Filmtage Friedrichshafen – Online, yet still up close, from 23 to 25 September 2021.

Statement by the festival jury:
Anke Sterneborg (freelance journalist for rbb-Kulturradio, ZEITonline, epd Film, among others), Daniel Ebner (director and founder of the international short-film festival ‘Vienna Shorts’, Vienna. Co-founder of the Association of Austrian Film Festivals, film and art curator) and Marcus H. Rosenmüller (film director and author of such box-office hits as Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot [Grave Decisions], Sommer in Orange [My Life in Orange], Trautmann [The Keeper]).

Official jury statement of 24 September 2021:

The ZF Jury Prize goes to Have a Nice Dog! by Jalal Maghout

We were overwhelmed by Have a Nice Dog! by Jalal Maghout, in terms of both content and style. The film tells of the oppressive everyday life in a city destroyed by war, of flight and expulsion, of the loss of one’s homeland and, consequently, of oneself, too. As viewers, we were immediately drawn into the nightmarishly distorted world experienced by a man who had become lonely and isolated. His feelings of despair, fear and depression are conveyed sensually and with immediacy. By the same token, the film invites us to decipher its multi-layered secrets, enigmas and metaphors. With his idiosyncratic and original animation, Jalal Maghout creates a world that is highly personal in its artistic elaboration yet universally recognisable, at a time when millions of people are compelled to flee their homeland. And while the film is merely thirteen minutes long, its haunting images inspire reflection likely to linger for a long time to come.


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.

Competition contributions

Der Film vom Propellermann
from Johannes Bachmann
Switzerland 2020

Just in Case
from Céline Ahlbrecht, 
Insa Meyer,
 Alina Saltheim
Germany 2021

from Moritz Müller-Preißer
Germany 2020

from Greta Benkelmann
Germany 2019

to the films



Have a Nice Dog!
from Jalal Maghout
Germany 2020

Masel Tov Cocktail
from Arkadij Khaet,
Mickey Paatzsch
Germany 2020

from Raphaela Schmid
Austria 2020

von Fabienne Prieß,
Levin Tamoj
Germany 2020

to the films


Trading Happiness
from Duc Ngo Ngoc
Germany 2020

Just a Guy
from Shoko Hara
Germany 2020

This will be my last Cigarette
from Alma Buddecke,
Joascha Bongard
Germany 2021

from Marc Philip Ginolas
Germany 2020

to the films


Thursday, 23rd September 2021
7:00 pm: Opening with Mayer Andreas Köster (Live on Vimeo)
7:30 pm: Programme start Short Film-Programme & Online-Voting for the Public Award

Kurz & Gut 1
Kurz & Gut 2
Kurz & Gut 3

Friday, 24th September 2021
from 11:00 am: Moderated talks with filmmakers via Zoom – To register

Saturday, 25th September 2021
from 10:00 am: Moderated talks with filmmakers via Zoom – Registration is required!
8:00 pm: End Online voting
9:00 pm: Award ceremony – Live stream from the Kiesel at k42