Get To Know Kanopy

Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. Founded in 2008, Kanopy was established to provide academic institutions with essential films that foster learning and conversation. In 2016, Kanopy expanded its services to public libraries and now delivers a diverse collection of 30,000+ enriching films, available to stream anytime and anywhere — from desktop to TV to tablet. With an ideal platform for showcasing independent films that fuels lifelong learning, we are on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to enriching films that bridge cultural boundaries, spark discussion, and expand worldviews.

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At a Glance

Libraries Reached, Worldwide
Countries Where Kanopy is Watched
Unique Titles Watched Per Month
Public Library Patrons where Kanopy is available
Large Colleges/Universities*
Filmmaker and Supplier Partners
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Featured Titles

  • Documentaries
  • Independent Cinema
  • World Cinema
  • Kids' Shows
  • Classics
  • Award-Winning Film
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What They're Saying

Kanopy is the best entertainment platform I have signed up for in a long time. The fact that I've found a streaming service that provides me with all the international and indie movies that I always fear I've missed the window of watching in theatres or can't find on major streaming services…makes me VERY happy.”

Los Angeles Public Library Patron

Kanopy is absolutely amazing; I recommend it to everyone I know. Thank you for creating this fantastic service. It fulfills the legacy of the public library, in a very 21st-Century way. Bravo/a!"

San Francisco Public Library

I think Kanopy is fantastic and I instantly told a few other people about it. Your library is great —foreign, indie, docs, etc — the collection, in general, reflects a more intelligent, independent-minded sensibility about film. So needed at this moment in time!"

Toronto Public Library

I’m thrilled that there is a video resource that speaks to me on so many levels. I love foreign films, documentaries that explore culture, and indie movies. I feel Kanopy is a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be explored. It’s very accessible and easy to use."

Dartmouth College

I’m thrilled by everything about Kanopy - from its content to its design, to its general sensibility. I’m a professor at both the film school at NYU’s Tisch and at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein. It’s one-stop shopping for a complete film education. If all my students watched Kanopy exclusively, they wouldn’t need me."

New York University

The films communicate ideas that have to be pondered, rather than simply absorbed. As a student, I have found Kanopy to be an incredible resource for exploring topics I normally wouldn't have time to learn about. Even though my degree is in computer science, I now have the chance to learn about other things I am interested in such as philosophy and history."

University of California, Irvine


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