Shahbazyan graduated from Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinema in 1994, and La Femis National Cinematography School of France in 1998 as a film director. He worked as a director for the public TV Company, and built his career with various documentary and short films. In 2014, he won in many film festivals with Moskvitch my love, his first feature film. His second drama feature film Chnchik got production funding from Hubert Ball Fund, World Cinema Fund, etc. He is directing a feature documentary The Journey of the Holy Muron now.