About us

Who we are:

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides 12 million students and faculty with access to more than 26,000 films each year. Kanopy's unique PDA (patron driven acquisition) model ensures institutions only pay for the films their students and faculty actually watch. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more. Kanopy is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has offices in Sydney, Australia.

Why we are good for Libraries:

  1. Our Large and Unique Collection of Films:
    Kanopy provides educational institutions access to one of the largest collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable.
  2. Our Cost Effective PDA Model:
    Kanopy's patron driven acquisition (PDA) model ensures that institutions only pay for the films their students and faculty actually watch - with no additional hidden fees.
  3. Our Strong Return on Investment:
    Kanopy's PDA model has a cost-per-play that is 99% lower than other video models.
  4. Our Large and Growing Customer Base:
    Kanopy's innovative PDA model has been adopted by over 1000 universities worldwide.
  5. Our Powerful User Interface:
    Kanopy provides each institution with a dedicated and customizable website through which their users can access and watch films whenever they like, wherever they are, on whatever device they prefer.
  6. Easy-to-Use Administrative Dashboard:
    Kanopy's administrative dashboard provides librarians with a high level of transparency into viewing habits and budget usage.

If you are a librarian, request a free trial now.

Why we are good for Filmmakers:

  1. Our Favorable Revenue Sharing Model:
    Kanopy provides filmmakers and film distributors the majority share of every sale made – providing them with solid returns.
  2. Our Non Exclusive Agreement:
    Kanopy does not require filmmakers or film distributors to sign exclusivity agreements.
  3. Our Large Audience for Films:
    Kanopy provides filmmakers a platform to share their stories with a large audiences.
  4. Our Easy-to-Use Administrative Dashboard:
    Kanopy's administrative dashboard provides filmmakers an unprecedented level of transparency into both sales and audience viewing habits.
  5. We Facilitate Filmmakers to Engage Directly with Audiences:
    Kanopy's viewing platform allows filmmakers to actively engage with audiences watching their films.
  6. Filmmaker Community:
    Kanopy works closely with award-winning filmmakers and distributors to ensure a sustainable economy for current and future filmmakers.

If you are a filmmaker, contact us for more information.