The first Doc Lounge club was created in 2006 in Malmö, Sweden, by filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and music club promoter Gudrun Hauksdottir. The vision was to be an alternative distribution network for documentaries and a more satisfying and exciting experience for both filmmakers and audiences. It was an immediate hit and the concept quickly took off.

Doc Lounge evolved into a network across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, screening previews and premieres of the best new documentaries. Featuring everything from insightful Q&As with directors, to live music from the best new bands, to parties, bike races, comedy acts, food and drink, photography, art exhibitions, dance performances and much more. 

Doc Lounge now specialises in distribution, events and outreach of new Nordic and international documentaries. In addition Doc Lounge continuously work with a wide range of development projects to innovate documentary distribution and the experience of film screenings.