The Rome Film Fest has announced the world premiere of Peur(s) du Noir - a collective animation film featuring the work of six top comic book and graphic art talents. The film focuses on childhood nightmares and adult phobias.

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The six episodes are designed by Strasbourg-born Blutch (Christian Hincker) whose career began in 1998 with a Fluide Glacial publication; Paris-based Lorenzo Mattotti - a prolific comic book artist, painter and illustrator whose film experience includes creating links between the trio of films in the 2004 film Eros; and award-winning American illustrator Charles Burns; French illustrator Marie Caillou who is active both in Europe and Japan; American illustrator Richard McGuire who has, among other works, illustrated covers of The New Yorker magazine; and Pierre Di Sciullo - known for his graphic 'urban poetry' style.

The film-makers will be present in Rome to unveil the film.

Writers on the project include including Jerry Kramsky, Michel Pirus, and Romain Slocombe. Narrators are Guillaume Depardieu, Nichel Garcia, Aure Atika and Arthur H.

The project is being defined as 'intertwined stories that make up an unprecedented epic where phobias, disgust and nightmares come to life and reveal fear at its most naked and intense.'

The film will be presented on Oct 21 out of competition - in Rome's Cinema 2007 section.

Goffredo Bettini president of the Cinema for Rome foundation said, 'we are proud of a title that completes our line up with an experimental intelligence where art and entertainment unite and enrich each other.'

The fest runs Oct 18-27.