Johnny Ma was born in Shanghai, China, and immigrated to Toronto at age 10. He is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA program and an alumni of the Sundance and Venice Biennale College Labs. In 2016 his debut feature film OLD STONE premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Best Canadian First Feature Award at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Academy Awards. More recently, TO LIVE TO SING world premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Director’s fortnight. Johnny currently calls San Sebastian Del Oeste, Mexico his home.