Free video streaming with Kanopy

Thursday 15 February 2018

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at Yarra Libraries. Members can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting
Up to 5 FREE films can be streamed each month, from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Umbrella Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Under the Milky Way, SND Films and thousands of independent filmmakers. 

With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides Library members with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and  A Quiet Passion, classic masterpieces like Charade and L'Avventura, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner 52 Tuesdays.

In addition, a number of films which are set in, and are about Australia, can be found on Kanopy like the Sydney Film Festival winner Zach's Ceremony, the thought-provoking documentaries Murundak: Songs of Freedom and Why Me - Stolen Generations, and acclaimed films like The Dressmaker and the Palme d’Or -nominated drama, Wake In Fright.

Kanopy was founded in Perth by CEO Olivia Humphrey in 2008 as an educational tool for colleges and universities. Available to over 70 universities across Australia, students may already be familiar with Kanopy. Kanopy is available across the globe in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Calgary, Austin and more, over 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.


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