top of page


Updated: Nov 24, 2018


Hollywood, CA ---- The organizers of the 12th annual HollyShorts Film Festival are announcing today that Lionheart has been officially selected for the upcoming festival and will compete for $60,000 in post-production services from Company 3 at the event.  Lionheart will play on Friday August 19 at 2:30PM at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood, CA.

The lineup includes 400 of the top short movies from almost every major continent. The festival received a record of nearly 3,000 submissions this year; a festival record. HollyShorts, which was named “The Cannes of Short Film Festivals” by Indie Wire, and is consistently ranked as one of the top film festivals each year by MovieMaker.

The organizers bill HollyShorts as “The Filmmakers Festival.” The festival will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres August 11-20, 2016. The HollyShorts Film Conference, which will feature heavy hitter panel discussions, will take place at IgnitedSpaces August 12-19th .

Oscar DeRosa stars in Lionheart as Max Rossi, a little known struggling professional boxer, who is on a mission to prove he belongs. However, while training for his next opponent, Max is confronted ringside by Bernie Clemons (Mark Macaulay), his manager, to discuss their disagreement on a decision that could not only alter his career, but change his life entirely. Although at first he seems to be certain of his newfound path to glory, Max has no idea that after his conversation with Bernie, he will be left with the toughest decision he may ever have to make.

“We are extremely humbled and excited by all of the support the film has received.  We look forward to continuing the story of 'Lionheart'.  There is still so much more to be told." Orlando Cicilia III and Oscar DeRosa co-wrote and co-produced the film, with Cicilia also composing. “Lionheart” has received numerous accolades thus far including winning awards for Best Short Film at Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa, FL and All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival as well as being an official selection for the Palm Beach International Film Festival and Flick Film Festival. 

Theo Dumont, HollyShorts co-founder and co-director: “We are honored to showcase this selection of the world’s top short movies at HollyShorts. This festival has grown into the biggest and most prestigious annual celebration of short movies and prides itself on providing next level opportunities for our filmmakers. It’s going to be an epic 10 days with receptions every day for our guests.”

For more information, please visit the official movie website at


Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Orlando Cicilia III, has followed his dreams. After graduating from Florida International University with a degree in Film Production, Orlando opened OC3 Productions, Inc., a media/production company based out of South Florida. Since then he has produced and directed countless commercials, promotional videos and online content for political campaigns and corporate clients. With more than eight years of production experience, Orlando embarked on a project of his own with longtime friend Oscar DeRosa. Through their production company, Aeternum Films, Cicila co-wrote, co-produced and composed for their short film “Lionheart." He is currently working on the feature film for “Lionheart,” as well as writing and developing other feature films, television pilots and documentaries.


Oscar DeRosa grew up in Miami, Florida, and has always had a passion for acting and the performing arts. A stellar athlete, Oscar participated in various sports such as basketball, football, baseball and boxing. A showman at heart, his call to the stage began at age 6 when he played the lead role in his elementary school play. Fluent in English and Spanish, Oscar began auditioning at age 14 and tried to convince his mother to let him sign with an agency. Believing he was too young, his mother encouraged him to wait until he was 18. During his junior year in high school at Christopher Columbus High, Oscar participated in a play in his acting class where his teacher noticed his potential and encouraged him to consider acting as a profession. Upon graduation in 2011, Oscar enrolled in Florida International University with aspirations of becoming an attorney, but during his first semester, he enrolled in an acting class and realized acting was his true calling. Oscar began developing his craft in various programs and classes throughout South Florida and has since appeared in various commercials and campaign ads for companies such as Pepsi, Taco Bell, Chevrolet, KFC and Babies R' Us. In 2013, he was introduced to film director Jim Wynorski who gave him his first film role working alongside actress Dominique Swain. In 2014, he met Academy Award-nominated writer and director Scott Frank, who gave him his first major role working opposite Paul Giamatti, Oona Chaplin, and John Carroll Lynch in the FX detective drama TV show "Hoke." He then embarked on a project of his own with longtime friend Orlando Cicilia and through their production company, Aeternum Films, DeRosa co-wrote, co-produced and starred in their short film “Lionheart.” He is currently working on the feature film for “Lionheart,” as well as writing and developing other feature films, television pilots and documentaries with his producing partner Orlando.  

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.




bottom of page