Caleb J. Roberts
Photographed by Ellen Blair 2023


Caleb J. Roberts is an award-winning queer-trans writer and director from Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2022, Caleb became the first trans person to receive funding from Northern Ireland Screen to write and direct short fiction.

Caleb’s debut work From His Perspective (2020) was comissioned by BBC Northern Ireland as part of the BBC Two Minute Masterpiece, streaming on BBC iPlayer from March 2020-2021. 

Caleb’s two Northern Ireland Screen X BFI Network-funded short films Homebird (2022) and Malcolm (2023) have screened and won at numerous BAFTA/BIFA/Academy Qualifying International film festivals - with both securing broadcast distribution on Channel 4 with Film 4. 

Caleb was one of the 15 filmmakers selected for the NETWORK@LFF Talent Development Cohort 2023 at the 67th BFI London Film Festival and one of 8 emerging screenwriters spotlit at LFF Industry 2023, sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter. 

In 2024, Caleb has been selected for the X-Pollinator Screen Ireland Scheme for gender-minority filmmakers.

Focusing on themes surrounding masculinity, queerness and place/lessness - Caleb’s work delivers universally thought-provoking characters from a working-class, trans-masculine perspective. His work blends social realism with humour and heart.

Caleb is represented by Liam Francis Quigley at 42
and is a member of Trans+ On Screen.


Instagram: @calebjfilms
Twitter/X: @strangenewcaleb
Work: Liam Francis Quigley @ 42 Management

Arts Production

Outburst Arts: Producer, 2023 - 2025

BFI Future Film Festival: Event Producer Fighting to be Heard: Queer Filmmaking in Adversity, 2023.

London Film Week: Jury Member, December 2022

British Film Institute: BFI Young Programmer, 2022 - 2023

66th BFI London Film Festival: Event Curator, TRANSforming Screens 2022.


MA Film: Queen’s University Belfast.
Graduated with Distinction 2021.

BA Film Studies: Queen’s University Belfast.
Graduated with 1st Class Hons 2019.