Telemilênio Collective

Highlights - Nova Friburgo


Young directors at the audiovisual collective Telemilênio, Victor Neves, Luciano Santos and Lívia Araújo always carry a portable camera in their backpacks as well as microphones and DVDs. Any public area in Nova Friburgo can become a great filming location.

Films by the collective are broadcast at Cine Brasil TV channel. Photo: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias

The Telemilênio has currently to mini series being broadcast at the cable TV channel CineBrasil:  "Meu Anjo" and "Suburbanda". They also have contracts with 19 channels to broadcast their productions to 160 cities in Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Santa Catarina and São Paulo states. The trio discovered a format which has worked well: stories about the daily lives of young people, youth-focused language and good music by independent local bands.

The episodes include interviews with the cast and making of specials. The collective was created as a TV workshop in school in 2006. In 2011, the group had its first series, "Alta Conexão", broadcast in local TVs. "We called them and scheduled a meeting to present our series. Since they were small TV channels, the right people were easy to reach. We did not make money from these first broadcasts. To see our productions on TV was enough of a reward" says Neves, who is in charge of the writing, the scripts and the direction in the collective. 

Films focusing on the stories and daily lives of the youth. Photo: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias

At first, smartphones, VHS and other tapes were used until they were worn out. The productions were made on budget for which all members chipped in. With the success of the series, the group acquired better equipment. The budget is still limited. The collective does not have its own studio and the material is edited by Neves and Santos at their homes, in computer programs. The collective has, though, a cast of actors in Rio de Janeiro and in Nova Friburgo, which were selected via Facebook. 

Neves is a journalism graduate and Lívia is a teacher of sign language. Only Santos is a trained actor, but all of them have acted for the collective productions. Besides the Tv series, the collective has produced two films and has fan clubs in the cities in which the series are broadcast. 


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