South Australia will continue its festival dominance in October 2013, when the Adelaide Film Festival moves to a new month, and the Festival of Ideas returns with an invigorated line-up.

Two programs of the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) and the Festival of Ideas (FOI) will complement each other, creating a month-long celebration of film, talks, forums and creative ideas across the city.

Adelaide presented the first Festival of Ideas in Australia in 1999, and established a biennial event that generates interest locally, as well as nationally and internationally.

“The Festival of Ideas helps to reinforce South Australia’s reputation as a cultural, creative city,” said Minister Chloë Fox, Minister assisting the Minister for the Arts.

The Adelaide Film Festival, which is moving to October from March, will continue to highlight the best of locally-produced films, with an eclectic mix of cinema, television, art and the moving image.

The Adelaide Film Festival will run from October 10-20, and the Festival of Ideas will be held from October 17-20. Programs for both festivals will be announced in coming months.

Chair of the AFF and FOI, Sandra Sdraulig said: “We are delighted to be contributing to the growth of events and entertainment in October. Presenting both festivals will allow us to deliver a range of options for audiences throughout South Australia. We look forward to presenting distinctive and compelling programs for both festivals.”

The Festival of Ideas has an advisory committee of leading academics and public intellectuals from Adelaide and around the country, who contribute to the shape of the program.

Chair of the Advisory Committee, Robert Phiddian said: “The Festival of Ideas gives audience members an opportunity to engage with some of the world’s best thinkers over the big issues of today and the future.”