The lead actor Janne Virtanen (Veli-Matti) and Hanna-Riikka Siitonen (the smiling woman at the bar) were married in real life. Their daughter was born in 2006, the same year as the movie came out. Siitonen's father Matti Siitonen also appears in the film as a pet shop vendor.
Shot on handheld digital video with a very low budget. Director 阿库·卢希米斯 estimates that the technical equipment cost less than 1,000 euros. Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen describes the cameras used in the film as "Mickey Mouse cameras", so editing and color grading became very important.
"Valkoinen Kaupunki" is based on popular Finnish tv-series "Irtiottoja", from which the original footage is taken from. It wasn't originally supposed to be a full lenght movie but after "Irtiottoja" was shown on Finnish television, director Aku Louhimies decided to re-cut the footage.