Waterfront Film Festival co-founder Hopwood DePree confirmed the change late Tuesday afternoon.
DePree said the film festival will have a rotating schedule, with one or two years in each town. He said Saugatuck, Grand Haven and St. Joseph also submitted proposals to host the festival, but South Haven was best equipped to host it next year.
"South Haven already has venues ready and they have a history of hosting festivals with a strong volunteer base," DePree told WZZM-TV.
DePree said festival organizers are also considering other cities, not necessarily on the Lakeshore.
The 2013 Waterfront Film Festival is scheduled for June 13-16.