Vara: A Blessing is the third feature film of Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu. His directorial debut, The Cup (1999), became an international sensation after its premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Director’s Fortnight. It went on to win critical acclaim and awards at major festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, and Pusan. Norbu’s second film, Travellers & Magicians (2003), was the first full-length feature film shot in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Travellers & Magicians premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and went on to the Toronto  and Pusan International Film Festivals, before its international release.