Mean Girls and The Spiderwick Chronicles director Mark Waters will receive the American Film Institute's (AFI) 2008 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal in honour of his 'extraordinary creative talents' on June 12.

Waters was a member of the AFI Conservatory's directing class of 1992 and graduated alongside Darren Aronofsky, Doug Ellin and Todd Field.

He made his feature debut with The House Of Yes starring Parker Posey in 1997 and credits include the Freaky Friday remake in 2003 starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Prior recipients of the Schaffner Alumni Medal include David Lynch, Edward Zwick, Mimi Leder, Terrence Malick, Aronofsky and Field.

Franklin J Schaffner won the directing Oscar for Patton in 1970 and earned 27 other nominations during his 40-year career.