CFFS 2024 – Spacecakes with Cris [In-Person Only]

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 from 11:30am–1:30pm
...after 1:30pm, we'll be cleaning the kitchen!

All workshops have a suggested registration fee of $100. However, we do offer a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can model for those who need that option.

Duration: 2h
Instructor: Cris Vázquez de Mercado


We love all our youth workshops, but this one takes the cake! NWFF Cinema Programmer Cris Vázquez de Mercado, a veritable master of madcap DIY decor, will teach a sweet session on artificial cake-craft. These captivating confections start with a styrofoam or cardboard box base, and are then frosted with acrylic paint mixed with plaster, applied through a piping bag and tip just like edible icing would be. (Please, no matter how delicious they look, do not eat these cakes!)

All materials are provided by NWFF – a range of colors of icing, the base you’ll build your cake around, icing-shaping tools, and space-themed decorative toppers. No cake is complete without some stars, little green men, and planets – decorate your cake to your liking!

This experience is fun for any age, but requires some patience and concentration — we recommend confectioners ages 10 and under be accompanied by a guardian. And remember, everything you learn in cake class can be applied to making other props, masks, decorations, photo frames, et cetera — so keep that crafting energy alive at home!

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Nico at

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ COVID-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Cris Vázquez de Mercado

Cris Vázquez de Mercado

NWFF Cinema Programmer
pronouns: they/them

Cris is a filmmaker and artist who moved to Seattle in 2011 to study film and creative writing. Cris is passionate about fostering community through the arts and media and participates in Seattle’s thriving DIY community. They have written for Screen Queens, a blog focusing on women filmmakers and the LGBTQ+ film community. While at Seattle University, they interned at TheFilmSchool and The Vera Project. Also, Cris co-wrote, cast, and art directed the short Out of Print, which won 1st place and the “Audience Choice Award” at Seattle University’s 2014 Film Festival, as well as the “Audience Choice Award” at NFFTY.

They first became involved at NWFF in 2014 when they interned as the Gala Coordinator. Afterwards, they continued studying film through NWFF’s workshops and classes because of NWFF’s commitment to accessibility. In 2021 they joined the Forum staff as Patron Services Manager, and in late 2022, transitioned into the role of Cinema Programmer.

Photograph by Derek Edamura

Festival Directory

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2024!

2024 festival artwork by Kid Lerner.

A galaxy of great films and activities await Seattle families! Come enjoy awe-inspiring and spectacular shorts, glittering features, and out-of-this-world workshops at Northwest Film Forum.

We send this call across the known universe: To join a dazzling voyage of discovery from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The festival will be available to youth, families, and film lovers of any age, both in-person and online.


⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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