Our Story

The first Doc Lounge club was created in 2006 in Malmö, Sweden, as the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and the music club promoter Gudrun Hauksdottir. It was an immediate hit and the concept quickly took off. With the vision to be an alternative distribution network for documentaries and a more satisfying and exciting experience for both filmmakers and audiences, Doc Lounge evolved into a network of more than 18 Doc Lounge clubs across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, screening the best new documentaries on a regular basis. Featuring everything from insightful Q&As with directors, to raucous live music from the best new bands, to parties, bike races, comedy acts, food and drink, photography, art exhibitions, dance performances and much more... Your local Doc Lounge is no normal film club. 

Check out our upcoming programme in our calendar and our extensive film archive of the all the excellent films we've screened at Doc Lounge over the years. 

Doc Lounge are now working in a range of new projects to further achieve our vision: Doc Lounge Live reaches audience in smaller community venues with the ability to livestream special events from our showcase Doc Lounge club in Malmö; Doc Lounge at Work exports Doc Lounge events to conferences and businesses, bringing new perspectives and ideas for discussion and debate, and Doc Lounge Youth works shares new documentaries and works-in-progress with teenagers in the suburbs of Stockholm.