Films Shorts Six Day Run
Six Day Run

A film about spiritual exercise on a one-mile paved loop in a park. The Six Day Run is one of the most extreme individual endurance sports dating back to the 1870s.

For six full days the competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible. The film is based loosely on The Book of Genesis in the Bible (Gen. 1:1 - 2:3).
"Inspiration tells us to become our true selves. Aspiration tells us to become God himself"
(Sri Chinmoy).

director / editor: Mika Taanila
cinematographer: Jussi Eerola
sound desinger: Olli Huhtanen
music: Circle
producers: Lasse Saarinen, Cilla Werning
/ Kinotar Ltd

production manager: Hanna Aartolahti
fixer: David Alvarado
runner: Kevin Adams
grip: Jon-Carlos Evans
sound recordists: Spencer Fuller, Mika Taanila
music mix: Antti Uusimäki
graphic designer: Timo Mänttäri

funded by: SES, AVEK, YLE

screening format: DCP, color, 1:2,35, Dolby digital
original shooting format: Super 8 mm film
original title in Finnish: Kuuden päivän juoksu
dialogue: English


Festivals and prizes

Rotterdam International Film Festival, Official selection, The Netherlands, 2013

IndieLisboa - Lisbon International Independent Film Festival, Portugal, 2013

Kiasma, Life Like - a weekend of documentary, Finland 2013

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 2013

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany, 2013

Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland 2013

Uppsala International Short Film Festival, 2013

Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montréal, 2013

Dokufest, Kosovo, 2013

Nordische Filmtage, Lübeck, 2013

Into the great wide open, Vlieland, Denmark, 2013

International Short Film Festival Winterhur, Germany, 2013

El X festival internacional de cortometrajes de Perú, Lima, 2013

Glasgow Short Film Festival, International Competition, UK, 2014

Exhibitions, other screenings

Aikakoneita - Time Machines, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2013

Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, USA (continuous single-channel installation piece), 2013

Mika Taanila's "mini retrospective" at Cinema Galerie, Brussels 2013