Darya Bassel was born in Odesa in 1985. She has a degree in German Language and Literature from the I. I. Mechnykov National University in Odesa. After graduation, she worked on television and in commercial film production. In 2011, she joined the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival team, where she also works as a programmer and curator of the Industry Platform now. At the same time, she works as a producer in auteur filmmaking. She has been a jury member at international festivals in Switzerland, Georgia, the Netherlands, Romania.