Elia Saikaly is an award-winning filmmaker and global adventurer, born in Ottawa, Canada.
He began his film and television career working as video-journalist turned actor, director of photography, director and producer. Elia won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for Aaron Sanchez: Limitless (2018) and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for Home and Really Far Away in 2015. His series On the Top, shot on Mt. 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 entitled: Unclimbed – Reaching the Summit. The series was sponsored by Jeep Canada and won an OMMA marketing award.
Elia and his imagery has appeared in news outlets across the world. He survived and documented the 2014-2015 and 2019 disasters on Mt 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 many more.
When not working as a high altitude cinematographer, he’s collaborating with producers behind the lens and working with high profile professional athletes such as NBA champion Serge Ibaka, MLB star Aaron Sanchez, Vladimir Guerrero and Edwin Encarnacion.
Elia Saikaly uses the power of his filmmaking and global adventures to inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change by giving generously of his time and 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 in the classrooms to world class expeditions.
Elia is represented by Speakers.ca as a professional speaker.
In production is a film about the disastrous season on Mt 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.