This Nepalese filmmaker broke through when his short film Dadyaa - The Woodpeckers of Rotha (2016) was screened at top festivals like Venice, TIFF, and Sundance. That film caught enough attention to earn him the Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance. Rajbhandari studied around Kathmandu Valley in Nepal and finished a master in mass communication and journalism. In the beginning of his career he joined a Nepal based production house as a photographer and cinematographer, learning more about film by working on various music videos and documentaries. His first feature film Katha-72 (2018) recently premiered at the Dublin Film Festival.