The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival will permanently shift its biennial event  from February-March to October.

BAFF’s new springtime slot will coincide with the 2013 Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the two festivals will work together to identify opportunities for crossover guests and events.

Premier Mike Rann said in a statement: “The Adelaide Film Festival was originally scheduled to run in March in every second year to fill the gap left by the biennial Adelaide Festival of Arts. However, from 2013 the Adelaide Festival of Arts, like the Fringe and WOMADelaide, will become an annual event, so it made sense to schedule the film festival at a different time of the year."

Rann said the Festival of Ideas and BAFF "have the potential to support each other in new and innovative ways and I look forward to seeing just how creatively they work together."

The 2013 BAFF will take place October 10 – 20.

Meanwhile, the festival also announced the first of what is expected to be a number of interim events before the festival, working with the Art Gallery of South Australia to present BRITFILM the best of British filmmaking from the last decade.

The program, curated by BAFF festival director Katrina Sedgwick, will be an exclusive addition to Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now, the largest exhibition of British contemporary art shown in over a decade in Australia.

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