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Sharkwater Extinction

In January 2017, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Rob, a Malibu-based filmmaker, tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys. The world was stunned by the loss of one of the most influential activists of our time. Rob taught the world to love the oceans and to not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.

Rob risked everything to educate, preserve and defend the oceans. The film’s producers, along with a talented group of editors, filmmakers, and loyal Sharkwater supporters, were compelled to continue his work.

Sharkwater Extinction‘s  will have it's world premiere at TIFF in September 2018 

Sharkwater Extinction from the Award Winning Director of Sharkwater and Revolution.  
" 150 000 000 sharks are killed each year and scientists only account for 70 000 000 of those, there are 80 000 000 sharks that are killed every year and nobody knows why nor where they are going, but WE figured this out.... and if we bring this to the public, things will change."

Rob Stewart

Sharkwater: Extinction (2018) is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Sharkwater, Rob’s first film, brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. His multi award-winning film changed laws and public policy worldwide, created hundreds of conservation groups. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products.  Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction continues the adventure across four continents, as Rob travels through the oceans to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion dollar industry. The crew goes through some of the world’s most dangerous fishing ports run by international crime organizations that have infiltrated the fishing industry.

Rob’s second film, Revolution, continued his quest to save sharks and the oceans. Revolution was the first feature film to platform the devastating effects of Ocean Acidification.  Climate change was well known, but scientists were just realizing the effects would be much worse than ever imagined. We were in danger of losing the coral reefs, and potentially the entire ocean ecosystem, which gives us 60% of our oxygen. Sharks, the top predator controlling the fish populations below them and the plankton that give us our oxygen, were being fished to extinction in an ecosystem they have controlled for 400 million years.

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Sharkwater Extinction selected to compete at Wild Oceans FilmFest


Wild Oceans FilmFest is an international documentary festival that tries to show the beauty of the ocean to awaken the love for nature in society. To achieve it we involve it in the conservation of the seas. The festival will be held in Gijón (Spain), between November 4th and 7th 2020.

Wild Oceans FilmFest is an initiative of the Bioparc Foundation. The purpose of this institution is to promote the conservation of ecosystems by supporting sustainable conservation projects in situ, promote education, divulgate and add art as an essential tool of awareness and consciousness-raising.


BEAUTY: as a source of inspiration, a cathartic element initiates the process of change.

ART: to arouse an emotional reaction that invites to take action.

KNOWLEDGE: to realize the need of taking care of the natural environment and keep it.

TRUTHFUL INFORMATION: to become aware of a situation and to promote taking action.

COMMITMENTt: to get involved in solving the problem and include in our lives principles that modify our actions that help to solve it.

ACTION: because without action there is no change.


  • Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish. Russian Federation, 51 min, 2020. Shpilenok Film.

  • My Octopus Teacher. South Africa, 85 min, 2020. Off the Fence and The Sea Change Project.

  • Sea of Shadows. Austria, 105 min, 2019. Terra Mater Factual Studio.              

  • Our Oceans: A Journey of Discovery. South Africa, 90 min, 2019. Wildoceans and Off the Fence.

Documentary Short Film

  • Life On the Rocks. United Kingdom, 19 min, 2019. George Pretty.

  • Il luciaiuolo. Italy, 9 min, 2018. Joe Nappa.

  • Kokoly. United Kingdom, 15 min, 2019. Blue Ventures.

  • Surface. United States, 7 min, 2018. Roam Media.

  • Sandy Illusions. Netherlands, 10 min, 2019. Robert Hughan and Arthur Scheijde.

  • On the Edge: Lewis Pugh. Canada, 9 min, 2020. Michael Booth.

  • I Am Vital. France, 6 min, 2020. Florian Ledoux.

  • The Manta Listener. Mexico, 7 min, 2020. Waterproff Video.

  • Who is Vilayta. Spain, 25 min, 2019. Germán Pinelo.


Production about preservation

  • Our Oceans: A Journey of Discovery. South Africa, 90 min, 2019. Wildoceans and Off the Fence.         

  • Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction. United States, 70 min, 2017. Interchange Media Art Productions.

  • Sharkwater Extinction. Canada, 84 min, 2018. Sharkwater Extinction Productions Inc.

  • Changing Seas: “Corals in Crisis”. United States, 26 min, 2019. South Florida PBS.

  • Sea of Shadows. Austria, 105 min, 2019. Terra Mater Factual Studio.


About animal behavior or ecosystem description

  • Norway’s Magical Fjords. Germany, 52 min, 2017. Nautilusfilm.

  • My Octopus Teacher. South Africa, 85 min, 2020. Off the Fence and The Sea Change Project.

  • Whale Wisdom. Austria, 50 min, 2018. Terra Mater Factual Studios.

  • Ocean Predators Revealed - Hunters in Hostile Waters. France, 50 min, 2018. ZED.



Production shot in an Aquarium

  • Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction. United States, 70 min, 2017. Interchange Media Art Productions.

  • Out of Plastic. Spain, 19 min, 2018. Line Hadsbjerg.

  • Sea of Fertility. Republic of Singapore, 8 min, 2019. Bambby Cheuk.



Young directors

  • Deep Blue Connection. Austria, 5 min, 2020. Sabine M. Probst.

  • The Blob. United States, 9 min, 2020. Benjamin Collins.

  • Diving For Balance. Netherlands, 26 min, 2020. Sara Cornelissen and Steff Donkers.

  • Sea of Fertility. Republic of Singapore, 8 min, 2019. Bambby Cheuk.

  • The Evolution of the Ocean. Spain, 4 min, 2019. Rafael Fernández Caballero.


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