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Johnson Cheng is an award-winning New York City-based 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. His films have screened at international film festivals such as Tribeca, Reykjavík, Uppsala, and Palm Springs. He is a recipient of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship and an alumnus of the Reykjavík International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab in Iceland, Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, and the Smithsonian Institute/National Endowment for the Humanities' Emerging Filmmakers Lab.

His most recent film, "Iron Hands (铁手)", is a U.S.-China co-production which had its world premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was a Golden Egg selection at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, received the Best Foreign Short Film Award at the Long Beach International Film Festival, and won the Best Student Live Action Short Film (Under 15 Minutes) Award at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.

Johnson began his career as an intern at PIXAR, working on feature films such as “Monsters University” and "Coco". He went on to work as a Story Editor on “The Book of Mojo”, Asst. Editor on “The Book of Life”, and Asst. Editor on DreamWorks Animation's “Kung Fu Panda 3” – the first animated co-production between the U.S. and China. Outside of his film work, Johnson has taught film directing at Columbia University's Summer Program, served as a Directing Mentor in the Graduate Film Program, and worked as a T.A. to Professor Robert King. Johnson is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers Workshop and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.