About indiepodfest

indiepodfest was a planned festival for independent or aspiring audio creators and podcast fans. There’re no networks or brands; just practical, grassroots information and inspiration for your podcasting passion.

indiepodfest believes in the DIY nature and spirit of podcasting – a platform with limitless possibilities for self publication and creativity. In a market that is being crowded out by commercial audio and traditional radio, indiepodfest seeks to elevate and celebrate independent publishing.


Ben McKenzie

Ben is a comedian, writer and game designer. A founding member of Splendid Chaps Productions, Ben co-hosted Doctor Who celebration podcast Splendid Chaps and was a writer, producer and star of time travel audio comedy Night Terrace. An expert crowdfunder, Ben has run or consulted on campaigns raising more than $150,000. He was Production Manager for the Freeplay Independent Games Festival for five years. He currently hosts monthly Terry Pratchett book club podcast Pratchat with Elizabeth Flux and re:Discovery with festival co-director Carla Donnelly.

Carla Donnelly

Carla is an award-winning podcaster, theatre critic and passionate fan. She has three podcasts currently in production – Across the Aisle, Club Soderbergh and re:Discovery. In 2018, Across the Aisle won the Arts and Entertainment category at the Australian Podcast Awards. Both Club Soderbergh and Across the Aisle were finalists in the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards, with Across the Aisle winning “Best Audiogram”. As an independent writer and producer, Carla has spoken at the Emerging Writers Festival, and produced and directed events for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (in conjunction with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives).