Born as Ma Nan in Shanghai, Johnny immigrated to Toronto Canada at the age of ten.
A graduated from the film program at Columbia University in New York. Johnny is an alum of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Director’s Lab and the Venice Biennale College Lab.
Johnny’s debut feature `Old Stone` world premiered in Berlin. It was awarded the Best Canadian First Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and again at the Canadian Screen Awards (Canadian Academy).
'To Live To Sing', his follow up, premiered at the 2019 Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Currently Johnny calls Mexico his home.