Farhad Safinia (Persian: فرهاد صفینیا Farhād Safīnīyā; born 1975) is a screenwriter and film producer.
Farhad Safinia was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975. He left Iran with his family at the age of four to live in Paris, then London. At King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied Economics, he directed and acted in a number of stage productions for the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club and other theatre companies. After graduating, he moved to New York City where he studied film at the New School University and at New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts. In the summer of 2007 he married actress Laura Regan in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Apocalypto, which he co-wrote with director/producer Mel Gibson, is his first feature length screenplay. He currently lives in Los Angeles.