About us

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.





For Libraries

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.

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.

Our Strong Return on Investment


Kanopy's PDA model has a cost-per-play that is 99% lower than other video models.

Our Large Customer Base


Kanopy's innovative PDA model has been adopted by over 1,500 universities worldwide.

Our Powerful User Interface


Kanopy provides a dedicated and customizable website for users to watch films any time, any where, on any device.

Easy-to-Use Administrative Dashboard


Kanopy's administrative dashboard provides librarians with a high level of transparency into viewing habits and budget usage.







For Filmmakers

Our Favorable Revenue Sharing Model


Kanopy provides filmmakers and film distributors the majority share of every sale made – providing them with solid returns.

Our Non Exclusive Agreement


Kanopy does not require filmmakers or film distributors to sign exclusivity agreements.

Our Large Audience for Films


Kanopy provides filmmakers a platform to share their stories with millions of students worldwide.

Our Easy-to-Use Administrative Dashboard


Kanopy's administrative dashboard provides filmmakers an unprecedented level of transparency into both sales and audience viewing habits.

We Facilitate Filmmakers to Engage Directly with Audiences


Kanopy's viewing platform allows filmmakers to actively engage with audiences watching their films.

Filmmaker Community


Kanopy works closely with award-winning filmmakers and distributors to ensure a sustainable economy for current and future filmmakers.