Elia is an award-winning filmmaker and global adventurer, born in Ottawa, Canada. He began his film and television career working as a video journalist turned actor; the multi-hyphenate has also been a director of photography, director, and producer. Elia won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for Aaron Sanchez: Limitless and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for Anything is Possible (Serge Ibaka), and Home and Really Far Away. His series On the Top, shot on Mount Everest, won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Reality Television Series. Elia recently co-created and co-starred a television series and branded content campaign with Discovery Canada: Unclimbed—Reaching the Summit. The series was sponsored by Jeep Canada and won an OMMA marketing award. Elia’s photography has appeared in news outlets across the world. He documented the 2014, 2015, and 2019 disasters on Mount Everest, where he reported and delivered images to the international press, appearing in over 100 media reports. His Everest imagery is regularly sought after and licensed by television networks around the world including ESPN, HBO, PBS, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and more.
When not working as a high-altitude cinematographer, he’s collaborating with producers behind the lens to cover high-profile athletes like NBA champion Serge Ibaka, MLB star Aaron Sanchez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Edwin Encarnacion. Elia uses the power of his filmmaking and global adventures to inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change by working in partnership with charities such as Moving Mountains Trust, Under the Same Sun, Generations for Peace, Nepal School Projects, and Child Haven International.
He’s the founder of Findinglife.ca, an educational learning platform for students that connects kids to world-class expeditions. Currently in production is a film about the disastrous season on Mount Everest in 2019 and a personal project created by Elia called The Climb for Albinism. His latest project on K2 tells the story of the disappearance of teammates John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and Chilean climber JP Mohr.