TikTok student video contest rules

Official rules - TikTok Student Video Contest

No purchase necessary to enter or win

General rules

These are the Official Rules for the SMUD TikTok Video Contest (“Contest”). The contest begins on April 29, 2021, and ends on May 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with TikTok.


Contest is open to students enrolled in a middle school (grades 6-8) or high school (grades 9-12) or home school equivalent located in Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (“SMUD”) service territory. All entrants must have parent/guardian consent to participate. Not open to employees and immediate family members (spouse, parent, siblings and children) of SMUD, its directors, officers, employees or agents. Immediate family members of SMUD employees are ineligible for a prize but may post a TikTok video.

How to Enter

To enter, entrant must submit:

  1.  An original TikTok video link at smud.org/TikTok which promotes sustainability in support of why you want to live in a clean power city
  2. Application - Consent to Participate form including video release.

By submitting all items, the entrant automatically confirms that he/she agrees to all official rules.

Video Entry Deadline

Deadline to enter is May 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.


High School or Equivalent Scholarship Awards:

  • First Place - $1,500
  • Second Place - $1,000
  • Third Place - $800

Middle School or Equivalent Scholarship Awards

  • First Place - $1,500
  • Second Place - $1,000
  • Third Place - $800

Winner Determination

SMUD will select winner(s) from among all entrants who have complied with these Official Contest Rules. SMUD’s decision with respect to the selection of the potential winner(s) shall be final. Entrants need not be present to win. The potential winner will be notified by email on or about June 11, 2021. Winners or winning teams will be required to submit a W-9 in order to receive the prize.

Prize Acceptance

All federal state and local laws and regulations apply. Prior to or at the time of delivery of the prize, the potential winner/parent or guardian must execute an Affidavit of Eligibility / Prize Acceptance Form / Release of Liability. Failure to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility / Prize Acceptance Form / Release of Liability may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner, unless prohibited by law. Failure to accept delivery of the prize will constitute forfeiture of such prize. If the potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules or if SMUD is unable to contact a selected winner within a reasonable time period following the winner’s selection, the prize will be forfeited and, at SMUD’s discretion, an alternate winner will be selected. In consideration of being awarded the prize, winner/parent or guardian hereby agrees and consents, without further authorization, compensation, or remuneration of any kind, to the use of the winner’s name, voice, picture, and/or likeness in any and all advertising, promotions and other publicity conducted by SMUD.

Contest Video Details

  • Entries can be submitted by an individual or team. Teams of 1-3 students. Each student must submit an application with team name and school. All individuals/team members must live in or attend middle school or high school or home school equivalent within SMUD’s service territory. A team’s prize must be split equally by the team members.
  • Each team member must fill out an application/video release e-signed by parent/guardian.
  • Video may be up to 15 seconds or can string up to (4) 15 second TikTok videos.
  • Video must promote sustainability in support of why you want to live in a clean power city.
  • Student(s) may use a smart phone to film the video and must be vertical format for TikTok.
  • Videos must be live action or animation, no PowerPoint slides.
  • Videos may not use copyrighted images or music.
  • Multiple video submissions are allowed but only one submission per entrant may win a prize.
  • Videos must not infringe the privacy or personality rights of any person or deceased person.
  • Students must comply with the Terms of Service of TikTok, which provides that in order to access or use the services the person must be 13 years or older, cannot make available material which is defamatory to any person, obscene, offensive, pornographic, hateful, racist, discriminatory, or inflammatory: https://www.tiktok.com/legal/terms-of-service?lang=en
  • For information on the TikTok privacy policy for younger adults: https://www.tiktok.com/legal/privacy-policy-for-younger-users?lang=en
  • For information on TikTok’s intellectual policies: https://www.tiktok.com/legal/copyright-policy?lang=en


Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and holds harmless and indemnifies SMUD and TikTok, and each of their directors, officers, employees, or agents, against any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising from either the entrant’s participation or the receipt or use of the prizes awarded in this Contest.