Brett Bell was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 15, 1968 to Vern and Carol Bell. He attended Athabasca School and Sheldon Williams Collegiate and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina in 1990. His introduction to creation began in 1984, when, at the age of 16, Bell co-wrote, directed and edited a Cable Regina production entitled Asphalt Safari. The video was the regional winner and national runner-up in the 1985 Canadian Cable Television Award for Excellence in Youth Programming. While attending university, Bell produced, directed and edited several projects. Two of these films won awards: Mama (1987), Runner-up, Best Student Film, 1987 Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase, and Games of Chance (1990), Best Student Film, 1990 Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase.
After graduating from university, Bell pursued a career in film and video production. He has produced, directed and written numerous films including Fred (1992), Strike Me Silly (1995), Blueberry (2001), and Hometown (2003). These films have been broadcast nationally and screened at dozens of film festivals. In 2000, Bell established Bellimage, a production company providing creative services for the film and television industry. The company has since expanded to include cinematography, editing, and sound composition and design. In 2004 Bell worked as a director trainee under acclaimed international filmmaker Terry Gilliam.
Bell has been a sessional instructor at the University of Regina with the Department of Media Production and Studies (formerly the Department of Film and Video) since 1995.
Bell has sat on numerous juries pertaining to film and video, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board Media Arts Jury (1992, 2001, 2003); the National Student Film and Video Festival, Regina (1993, 1998, 2003, 2004); the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival (2004) and the Student Employment Experience Program, SaskCulture (2007). He has served on various boards and committees since 1991: Chair, Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase (1991); Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Filmpool (1995-1996); Chair, Cultural Advisory Committee, SaskCulture (2003-2006); Advisory Member, Regina Arts Commission (2004-present); Vice-President, Saskatchewan Filmpool (2004-2006); and Advisory Member, SaskTel's Max Local on Demand Independent Programming Committee (2006-present).
Bell is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration of Film 2004 (Hometown); Best Drama, 2003 Sea to Sky Festival (Blueberry) and 2nd Place, 1997 John Candy Film Festival (Strike Me Silly).
Bell currently (2007) resides in Regina, where he continues to work as a filmmaker and as a sessional instructor at the University of Regina.
Bell and his partner, Hildy Bowen, have five children; Kai Langen; Chesney Langen Bell; Benjamin Bowen Bell; Madeline Bowen Diaz and Alejandra Bowen Diaz.