THE CELEBRATION marking the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II continues with the Allied Victory Film Festival, beginning this Friday and running through Thursday at the KB Foundry Theater in Georgetown. Planned and sponsored by the U.S.-based International Film Exchange and Sovexportfilm (Russia's state-run distribution branch), the schedule, which changes daily, features one Soviet and one American film centered on the war. Some new prints and rarely seen features are included in the package. The schedule: Friday, Stanislav Rostotsky's At Dawn It's Quiet Here (2 and 7) with the edited version of Lewis Milestone's The North Star, a.k.a. Armored Attack (5:30 and 10:15). Saturday: Pyotr Todorovsky's Oscar- nominated A Wartime Romance (2 and 7) and William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (3:45 and 8:50). Sunday: Alexander Alov and Vladimir Naumov's Shore (2 and 6:45) with Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 (4:30 and 9:15). Monday: if delivery problems are solved, Frank Capra's film The Battle of Russia (2, 5:15 and 8:15) with Mikail Dalatozov's much-acclaimed The Cranes Are Flying (3:30, 6:45, and 9:45). Tuesday: a feature-length documentary on the career of Russian military leader Grigori Zhukov and Irina Kalinina's short Recollections of Pavlovsk (2 and 7:05) with Richard Attenborough's star-studded A Bridge Too Far (4 and 9). Wednesday: Yuri Ozerov's recreation of the Koursk tank skirmish The Great Battle (2 and 7) plus Michael Curtiz' propagandistic bio-pic of wartime U.S. Ambassador Joseph Davies, Mission to Moscow (4:45 and 9:45). Thursday: a new 35mm CinemaScope print of The Longest Day (2 and 7) with Grigori Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier. Tickets are $4 Monday through Thursday and Friday matinees, $5 after 6 on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. The KB Foundry Theater is at 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW between K and M streets. Call 337-0094.

With India and things Indian being so topical these days, it's fitting that we'll be getting a retrospective of feature, short and documentary films made by the independent team of producer Ismail Merchant (an Indian from Bombay), director James Ivory (an American from Berkeley) and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (a German native who lived in India for many years). Since 1963, the three have collaborated on projects exhibiting the effect of a fascinating clash of cultures on the subcontinent. Beginning Saturday and Sunday (and continuing for six consecutive weekends), The National Gallery of Art will screen ten films made by Merchant Ivory Productions. Saturday at 2:30 and Sunday at 6, their first narrative feature, 1963's The Householder, will be shown. June 8 at 2:30 and June 9 at 6, 1965's Shakespeare Wallah (one of their earliest and greatest successes) will be screened. The hour-long Autobiography of a Princess (starring James Mason) and the short Mahatma and the Mad Boy will share a bill June 15 at 2:30 and June 16 at 6. The 1978 art world thriller Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures is the feature June 22 at 2:30 and June 23 at 6. Two early Ivory short documentaries on Indian art, The Sword and the Flute and The Delhi Way, will screen June 27 to 29 at 12:30 and June 30 at 1. The Courtesans of Bombay, a Merchant- directed documentary on the artistic community of Pavanpul, will be shown with the short Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls June 29 at 2:30 and June 30 at 6. The series concludes with Heat and Dust (starring Julie Christie), screening July 6 at 2:30 and July 7 at 6. All films in the program are free, and will be shown in the concourse-level auditorium of the National Gallery's East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 737-

This week's Hirshhorn Museum Saturday morning attraction in its free film program is Deco Folio, vintage cartoons from the '30s and '40s. The program starts at 11 a.m. and runs approximately 50 minutes. It will be shown in the lower-level auditorium, Independence Avenue at Eighth Street SE. Call 357- 2700.

The National Theater launches a free Monday-night film series in its Helen Hayes Gallery this Monday with a screening of Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise. The eight- week festival continues with Stage Door (June 10), Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (June 17), All About Eve (June 24), Yankee Doodle Dandy (July 1), Long Day's Journey Into Night (July 8), Mel Brooks' The Producers (July 15), and Istvan Szabo's Mephisto (July 22), winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Showtime is 7 for each feature, which will be presented in 16mm. Reservations are recommended; while the gallery seats about 250 people, only 75 chairs will be available, and they will go to the elderly and those with advance bookings. Call 783-3372 for free reservations and information.

The local film collective I Am Eye continues its series of screenings the first and third Monday of each month at D.C. Space. This Monday, a trilogy of half-hour films by Paul Bishow, Pierre De Veaux, and Pam Kray will be shown. Admission is either $1 or a film of your own making, which will be shown after the announced program. Showtime is 8:30. Call 667- 6498 for details.

The Production Center at Arthur Young, which is the training office for the nationwide firm of accountants bearing Young's name, will hold a seminar on Copyright Basics for Media Producers Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at its offices, 1950 Roland Clarke Place in Reston. Guest speaker will be Barbara Polansky, copyright administrator for the American Chemical Society, who will discuss basic copyright law, public domain works, applying for a copyright, fair use rules and how the law applies to film, video, music and art. The seminar (which is being co-sponsored by the Washington Film Council) is $25 per participant. For further information, call Anne Polley at 620-4490.

Beginning this Wednesday and continuing for the three subsequent Wednesdays, the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program will present a film/lecture series called Conserving Traditional Cultures. This Wednesday, filmmaker John Marshall and anthropologist Alison Brooks will introduce and discuss N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman, an hour-long film on Botswana culture. June 12, Bernice Johnson Reagon, director of the Smithsonian's program in black American culture, will lead a discussion of George Nierenberg's hour-long documentary No Maps on My Taps. Rayna Green, director of the National Museum of American History's American Indian program, will speak June 19 on Box of Treasures, a half-hour film by Chuck Olin and the U'mista Cultural Society. The series concludes June 26 with Miao Year, an hour-long look at musical culture in Laos. Tickets for the series are $17 for Resident Associates, $20 for non-members. All screenings are at 8 p.m., and every film except "No Maps on My Taps" will be shown in the American History Building's Carmichael Auditorium; "Taps" will be shown in the Hirshhorn Auditorium. Call 357-3030 to register.

The benefit premieres of summer films roll on:

* The Variety Club of Greater Washington, the local branch of the international show business charity, is presenting a Thursday benefit screening of The Goonies at the Circle Uptown. The tickets to this 70mm event are $10 each, with the proceeds going to the organization's medical work. Call 699-3200 for more information. "The Goonies" opens nationwide on June 7.

* On Sunday, June 9, from noon to 11:30 p.m., the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program will host the second American screening of the star-studded nine-hour-plus Wagner, starring Richard Burton in one of his last major screen roles. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members, with proceeds going to the RAP scholarship program. A dinnertime buffet and related musical programs are also being offered. Call 357-3030.

Seven local organizations or individuals recently received Golden Eagles, the award of merit for professional works given by the Council on International Nontheatrical Events, a Washington-based volunteer organization that has been selecting and co-ordinating submissions of American films and videos to international film festivals since 1957. They are Steven York for The Arab and the Israeli, WETA for Summer of Judgment, the Film Company for Power and Prejudice in America, the National Geographic Society for Bacteria and Protecting Endangered Animals, Jerry Colbert for Sister Adrian -- The Mother Theresa of Scranton, Peter Vogt and Associates Inc. for Legacy of Vision and A.C. Warden for Patricia's Neighborhood Wall.

PAGES OF FILM HISTORY -- Celebrity birthdays this date include those of Mel Blanc, Clint Walker and Keir Dullea.

Happy birthday Saturday to Don Ameche, Clint Eastwood, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Joe Namath, Sharon Gless and Brooke Shields. Radio City Music Hall officially reopened on that date in 1979.

Those marking birthdays on Sunday include Nelson Riddle, Andy Griffith, Pat Boone, Cleavon Little and Rene Auberjonois. Marilyn Monroe would have been 59 Sunday.

Eddie Cockrell is a freelance film consultant and teacher. His "Insights on Film" is heard Mondays at 5:30 p.m. on WGMS AM & FM.