Johnny was born as Nan Ma, in Shanghai China, and immigrated to Toronto at the age of ten.
After careers in mergers and acquisitions in the business and fashion world, Johnny first made the move to documentary filmmaking in 2008. Graduating from Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in Directing/Screenwriting, Johnny has made short films that have screened at TIFF, Dallas International Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest and other international festivals, while receiving awards from DGA and National Board of Review as well a nomination for the Canadian Academy Awards.
Johnny is developing his second feature-length project, also set in China. He is a recent alum of the 2014 Sundance Institute Screenwriting/Directing Lab and winner of the Telefilm Canada Pitch This competition.
- Berlin International Film Festival, Forum, 2016
- Hong Kong International Film Festival, Competition, 2016
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