This year marks the 16th year Talented Theatre students at Amite and Sumner High Schools have created movies.

The students will have a premiere starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Amite High Theatre, 403 S. Laurel St. Admission is free.

Each year, the Talented Theatre students create three 20- to 30-minute movies, a news release from the Talented Theatre group said. Each movie explores a social problem facing students, the release said.

The students create the ideas and develop the stories through screen-treatment sessions.

Since the project started, the students have created 48 movies and have received five national awards, the release said.

One of this year’s movies is a political satire, using a campus election to satirize America’s political election process, the release said. The second movie is a comedy and explores why people hold onto grudges.

The third movie is a story within a story, using the staging of a school play to teach a lesson about tolerance.

Following the premiere, the movies will be shown in local public schools, broadcast on a local cable channel and posted online via the school system’s website, the release said.

The movie project is funded through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, administered by the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council; Baton Rouge Credit Union; Baton Rouge Area Foundation; AT&T of Louisiana; Entergy; First Guaranty Bank; Washington/St. Tammany Electric Co-op; Florida Parishes Bank; and fundraisers at the following schools: Sumner High, Sumner Middle, Chesbrough Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary and West Side Middle.