Our Independent Production House

We founded Hutong Productions in 2018 with the ambition of producing unexplored narratives, driven by bold artistic perspectives capable of engaging their uniqueness with contemporary social and political issues.

Our Productions

Committed to giving visibility to a diversity of cinematic genres and filmmakers from all countries, we adapt our production approach to the specificities of each film. We produce short or feature films, fiction or documentaries, including many debut films, with a particular taste for documentaries and their creative freedom. We offer the filmmakers we collaborate with long-term artistic support, as well as a structured, open, and fair framework to craft their films. The company is based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and now has two offices, one in Paris and the other in Dordogne, where filmmakers can be accommodated during the development and post-production periods.

Our Support

Our debut films have been showcased at international festivals, museums, and VOD platforms. We act as majority executive producers (Acts of Love - Hot Docs Toronto), co-producers (Au Jour d’aujourd’hui - IFFR Rotterdam, Thessaloniki IFF), or in the development phase (The Mother of All Lies - Cannes Un Certain Regard 2023, Best Director Award and Golden Eye for Best Documentary).

Our Distribution

Our films reflect an editorial freedom made possible by the variety of our partners and funding sources. Since 2022, Arte Cofinova has supported our cinema development catalog, and we are members of the SPI, Eurodoc, Atelier Network, European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA), as well as Women Make Movies networks.

The Hutong

Quartiers du centre de Pékin, ces habitations traditionnelles abritent des lieux d’art et de création à l’abri de la censure, du moins à l’époque où nous nous y rencontrons en 2015. Travaillant alors chacune à la promotion du cinéma et des arts visuels français en Chine, nous nous sommes inspirées de l’énergie et de la liberté de ces quartiers pour créer à notre retour en France, notre maison de production indépendante.


Pauline Tran Van Lieu
Pauline Tran Van Lieu
Lucie Rego
Lucie Rego

In 2014, Lucie curated the first exhibition in Paris of the Chinese photographer Ren Hang, whose work is now recognized in the international art scene. At the same time, she assisted in monitoring the CNC's Aid to World Cinema and later joined the French Embassy in Beijing, where she worked on setting up visual arts exhibitions in China. After several experiences in production at Alcatraz Films and Aurora Films, Lucie founded her company in 2018 with Pauline Tran Van Lieu. With the projects she develops at Hutong Productions, she participates in IDFAcademy workshops, Pitching du Réel, as well as the Chabaka co-production workshops in Carthage and Agora Docs in Progress in Thessaloniki. Lucie is a reader for the Images Différentes commission of the Normandy region and the CNC's Innovation Aid Fund.

Graduate of the Ludwigsburg-Paris Workshop at La Fémis for European producers and holder of a Master's degree in Film Studies from Sorbonne, Pauline began her career in the programming of the Premiers Plans festival. She later joined the Émergence residency in support of first French feature films. In 2013, she spent two years at the embassy in Beijing promoting French cinema in China. She organized retrospectives of Claire Denis, Denis Lavant, or Jacques Demy, supported the first official co-productions, and conducted research on the Chinese audiovisual industry. Since then, she has worked in distribution in Paris and international sales in Berlin for The Match Factory. Since 2018, with her projects at Hutong Productions, Pauline has been selected for FIDLab Marseille, Ateliers de l’Atlas in Marrakech, DOK Copro Market, and Berlinale Talents. Pauline is a reader for the short film commission of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.