IndieFEST Award of Excellence: Best Lead Actor, MUTHA
Nomination - International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, London - Best Lead Actress in a Short Film for Father
Nomination - International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Nice - Best Lead Actress in a Short Film
NY Improvised Theatre and Film Festival Award for International Achievement in Improvised Film
ACT-CO Adjudicators Award Nomination for Biggest Individual Risk as 'Sandy' in Bedtime Stories
'In my early casting sessions for a different short film, I came across the very talented Mandy May Cheetham. In watching some of her previous work and noticing how spot-on her comedic timing was and being exposed to the "Hip-Hop side" of Mandy, I knew she was a rare talent. She is really-real. Someone you feel like you've known your whole life, but at the same time, she'll surprise you and say or do the most unexpected thing... Like being a full-fledged rapper whose in fact won many hip hop competitions.
As I sat and talked to her in person for the first time, my wheels were already spinning on the short film idea (TRAIN 47). I wrote that entire film specifically around Mandy. I knew she could pull off the light comedic side of the quirky character while at the same time, she'd be able to give the story the weight needed for the heavier dramatic moments. She played it perfect, and it shows in her performance. You laugh when she wants you to laugh, and you pay close attention when she has something important to say. You believe every word that comes out of her mouth. She gave this project a sense of professionalism. Mandy's performance made me go from simply liking the film, to believing in the film.'
Rick Kingersky - Director, Train 47