Bronco Films' $5m The Flying Scotsman was the main beneficiary of the latest Scottish Screen Lottery Panel Awards, receiving a production grant of $738,000 (£500,000).
Described by producer Peter Broughan as "Chariots Of Fire meets The Full Monty", the film tells the inspirational true story of world champion cyclist Graham Obree. Part of an ambitious Bronco slate, the project is scheduled to shoot in the Spring of 2001. A director and cast will be announced shortly.
Hart Ryan Scotland was also awarded $443,000 (£300,000) towards its drama documentary Gas Attack which is being produced for Channel 4 and depicts a Britain vulnerable to sustained terrorist attack.
The Panel announced six awards in total, including $111,000 (£75,000) each to the short film schemes 81/2 run by Antonine Films and G-Mac run by Cineworks.