Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American writer/director hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. After receiving his B.A. in International Relations, he joined Columbia University's M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program. He has been invited to talent labs such as the Reykjavík International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab (Iceland), Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium (USA), and the Emerging Filmmakers Lab presented by the Smithsonian Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA).
Most recently, he wrote and directed the short film, "Iron Hands (铁手)", a U.S.-China co-production which was nominated for the Student Visionary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, competed for the Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, and won the Best Student Live Action Short Film Award (under 15 minutes) at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
Johnson began his career as an intern at PIXAR, and is credited on feature films such as "Monsters University" and "Coco". He also worked as a Story Editor on "The Book of Mojo", an Asst. Editor on Reel FX's "The Book of Life", and an Asst. Editor on DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3", the first animated co-production between the U.S. and China. He has taught filmmaking at Columbia University, and he is a proud member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers Workshop and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.