Gilles Padovani founded the production company .Mille et Une. Films in 1995, in Rennes. Committed to producing documentaries of the highest cinematographic quality, .Mille et Une. Films has supported debut films by directors such as Olivier Hems or Guillaume Kozakiewiez as well as works by more experienced filmmakers (Didier Nion, Gulya Mirzoeva, Xavier Villetard, etc.).

An editorial line has undeniably emerged : Gilles Padovani produces the films he wants to see. Some are highly personal: Léonarda, Dix-sept ans (Seventeen), Si loin du crime. Others are more conventional in approach, but their themes strike a chord : Huis clos pour un quartier, Vague à l’âme paysanne, Discriminations, La mort de Danton (Danton's Death)...

Since its founding, .Mille et Une. Films has co-produced more than fifty documentaries, in partnership with local, regional, and national TV networks, finding more and more often partners outside France. Co-productions with ARTE, France 5, and France 2, along with screenings at the major film festivals, have earned .Mille et Une. an excellent reputation.

Since 2008, the company has been developing its fiction catalogue, producing four short films. One of them, Nous (Us), by Olivier Hems, won a number of prestigious awards. In 2012 .Mille et Une. Films produced the first feature film of Bénédicte Pagnot, Les lendemains (Tomorrows - Public Award in Premiers Plans, Angers)